Toyota Innova Crysta Facelift Engine & Test Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota Innova Crysta 2016 is the latest edition of the famous Innova model with a facelift in exterior styling and luxurious interior features. The Innova Crysta variants are available in manual and automatic transmission versions, widening the options for customers. Currently, Innova Crysta variants are available as GX, GX Automatic, VX, ZX and ZX Automatic, with ZX as the top-end variant. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Bangalore

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Toyota Innova Crysta Design & Style

Like we said, the Crysta is a complete departure from the older Innova. Everything has been reworked extensively in order to give it that premium appeal. The design is fresh that ditches the slender proportions for a wider, more muscular stance. It is safe to say that the older generation was long in the tooth in terms of design, despite multiple facelifts. Toyota couldn’t have timed the update better. The front now features a prominent hexagonal grille that gets two massive chrome slats that flow into the projector headlamps. Most of the real estate at the front is taken up by the large bumper. We particularly like the detailing in the smoked-out headlamps and the placement of the LED pilot lamps. The lower half of the grille is glossy black, which helps break the bulk at the front.

Over to the side, the Crysta’s van-like proportions come to the fore. While there’s nothing interesting to speak of other than the large 17-inch wheels, we like how Toyota has managed to keep things simple and uncluttered. Little dabs of chrome on the door handles and the outside rear-view mirror add a touch of class to the profile.The rear ditches the triangular tail lamps for a much more aggressive, sabertooth inspired design.The rear profile is nearly slab-sided, with a large glasshouse that takes up most of the space. Subtle touches like the spoiler and the shark-fin antenna add some spice to an otherwise boring rear profile.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin & Comfort

When seated in the Innova Crysta, one appreciates the fresh design of the dashboard. Toyota has given it a radical silver lined curve that outlines the dash accentuating its flowing design. This coupled with the dual coloured seats, chunky steering and soft touch door pads lend a plush feel to the cabin. However, we did notice inconsistency in the plastic grains on sections of the dashboard. On the other hand, you get plenty of storage space on the centre console, door pads, two slimmer-than-usual gloveboxes and two cup holders that can be drawn out from the dash.

Visibility all around from the driver’s seat is as good as the earlier car, except for the third row quarter glass section whose window line is now slanting upwards. This slightly hampers the view while backing up. All the buttons and controls to the car’s functions, especially those on the touch screen, are raked and easy to access. However, the air-con controls and the chrome transistor-like buttons below the screen felt inferior. These are raked even more and a sunny day can make it difficult to read the air-con display. Steering mounted controls are large and have bigger fonts to aid visibility. The twin-pod instrument cluster looks contemporary, especially with the sporty bright blue rings on the dials along with the multi-function display in between. USB and aux-in operations are within reach from the middle row as they are smartly placed between the front seats with a provision to store your phone upright. Slide on to the front seats and you will understand that they are better contoured and offer an extra hint of back support than the outgoing car. Buyers will love the liveliness of the cabin, especially in the front and the second row which now houses adjustable ambient lighting. There’s more shoulder room in the second row and the seats are a huge improvement. They are much more supportive and larger than earlier. Second row legroom can be extended by using the lever on top of the front passenger seat. This brings us to the last row of seats and though they feel like a compromise for adults, ferrying people in them can be accomplished in acceptable comfort. Toyota has placed the middle occupant’s headrest in the boot, just in case it’s needed. With all three rows up, boot space is as good as the earlier Innova. It goes without saying that folding the middle and last row seats will help gain access to much more luggage space.

Toyota was quick to add that the new Innova Crysta will get three airbags, including a driver side knee airbag, ABS and brake assist as standard. The top of the line ZX will get seven airbags, stability control and hill-start assist to name a few. Also on offer is an integrated touch screen infotainment system with navigation, bluetooth, USB and aux-in. There’s a multi information display, Eco and Power modes, power mirrors that retract electrically, two-zone automatic climate control with rear on digital display and adjustable ambient roof lighting. Add to this seat back folding tables for the second row, powered front seats, and the capacity to hold up to 20 one-litre bottles.

Toyota Innova Crysta Engne & Gearbox

Toyota has replaced the KD series of diesel engines with the GD series. The new oil burners are vastly improved in every regard, featuring richer hardware and crucially a big jump in power and torque outputs. Both the 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engines are similar in hardware and also get Eco and Power modes – which naturally alter performance (the default mode is in between both). So in Eco mode, you can feel the motors don’t rev so quickly while in Power mode, the added punch is very apparent, the Innova being very quick to pick up speed.

The 2.4-litre oil burner comes matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox which offers smooth shifts, the clutch too is light. But the gear lever vibrates a lot on start-up, just like in the first gen model. The 2.8-litre diesel is only offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and while shifts aren’t the quickest, they are smooth. One can also shift gears manually by using the tiptronic function on the gear lever. Both the engines have a bit of lag lower down which is quite well masked and power delivery is very linear, the mid-range being the strong suit of the GD mills.

In the 2.4-litre manual, 100 km/hr in top gear results in 2200 RPM on the tachometer while the ton comes up in third gear. The new Innova does feel more relaxed while cruising unlike the old model where you would miss a sixth gear. Both the engines redline at 4500 RPM and the big improvement in the Innova is the refinement, there are very little vibrations inside the cabin. However, push the motor hard and the engine makes quite the sound, still better than the old Innova but could have been better. Fuel efficiency isn’t great with ARAI claimed mileage being 15.10 km/l for the 2.4-litre model while the 2.8-litre automatic manages 14.29 km/l, a mild hybrid system would have done the trick. The increase in weight by a considerable 200 kgs is reason to blame for the average fuel economy.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving & Dynamics

The Toyota Innova has grown in size and gets a new frame but is also heavier now. In the early days of the Innova, people worried about the dimensions of the car as it was called too big for the city. The new one is even bigger and thus less maneuverable. Still underpinned by a body-on-frame platform with the steering still being a hydraulic unit, the Innova feels heavier to drive than before as the steering is on the heavier side and requires effort at low speeds, taking u-turns can be taxing. It does weigh up decently at high speeds but there is still a lot of slack in the straight-ahead position.

There is very good stability as you cross triple digit speeds, the Toyota Innova Crysta holding its line well on our not so perfect roads. The car also gets what Toyota likes to call ‘aero stabilising fins’. Without doubt, the biggest improvement has come to the ride quality of the vehicle. The work on the suspension is immediately apparent as this MPV rides beautifully even on bad roads. Bumps are absorbed very well and that’s inspite of the firmness at low speeds. Vertical movements are very well controlled and as you up the speed, the flatter ride only becomes better. There is quite a lot of body roll though but the Innova handles quite well for its weight and size. The brakes have good stopping power.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety & Security

The braking system of the Innova Crysta has front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock braking system as a standard in all variants. The Innova Crysta models have three airbags, one for the driver, one for the co-passenger and the third one for the knee of the driver. The top-end variant ZX has a front side and curtain airbags as additional safety features for the occupants

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Chennai

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 13,50,801/- (Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater) to 22,13,370/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Chennai. Check for Innova Crysta in Chennai at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

The confidence Toyota has in its MPV product is quite similar to how the buyer perceives the vehicle to be; simply commendable. We saw it when Toyota pulled the plug on the Qualis when it was absolutely flourishing in our market. Then came the Innova and it ultimately caught up and even outsold its predecessor. Buyers still swear over its bullet-proof reliability and they’re ready to part with even Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the top-end versions. While in the latest iteration, the Innova Crysta, is a substantial improvement over the old Innova’s strengths, it will come at a premium. Especially, as it now ticks all the boxes to contend in the higher end of the MPV segment. And we believe that buyers will just carry on and pile on the bookings.

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