Toyota Innova Crysta Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The Innova is by far the most successful product to ever roll out of Toyota India, period. It’s an MPV that never had any competition. It created a segment and has continued to dominate it for more than a decade. From large families to fleet operators, the Innova has changed the way Indians define travel. However, we’ve been waiting for a full model replacement for some time now. While the Innova continues to sell in high numbers, the folks at Toyota started developing an all-new model almost five years ago. They took their time and have finally readied the new Innova Crysta. The MPV goes on sale in India by early May 2016. We’ve just driven the Crysta extensively in India to find out if it’s a worthy successor. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Innova Crysta Ecteriors

As we had seen at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Innova Crysta is longer, wider and taller than before. There’s even a glimpse of the new Corolla Altis and Camry. Giving it a distinct face is a massive hexagonal grille and these chrome slats that merge with the double-barrel headlamps.

Wide shoulder and narrow waist – these sharp creases that fade away towards the end like an artist’s brush stroke. Smaller details like these aero-stability wings improve high-speed stability, and higher variants come with a set of good looking 17-inch wheels.The last set of glass window near the D pillar is razor sharp, giving the side profile a distinct look. Just like the saber-tooth inspire taillights do to the rear design. The Innova has more road presence now and makes a stronger statement. But maybe, just maybe there is an overdose of bling for some, which might divide opinions about its design.

Toyota Innova Crysta Interiors

There is no change in the wheelbase, which means there is still a lot of space inside for occupants. The cabin is spruced up, dashboard gets a new design, but what really doesn’t go well with the otherwise finished cabin is the low quality plastic used on the glovebox.Chrome is used amply inside and there is a large touch-screen on the console, temperature dials are placed right below the screen. Storage space is generous with about 20 bottle holders inside the cabin and dedicated AC vents are provided in second as well as third rows.Foldable seat back table are provided at the back which can be used for keeping a small laptop. First and second rows are spacious, but third row can accommodate two adults easily leaving less room for the third occupant. The MPV is available with seven and eight seat layout.

Toyota has added more features to the second generation Innova, among the comfort features, the MPV gets air conditioner, AC vents for second & third row, separate seats in front row with slide and recline function. Features like eight way power adjustable driver seat and passenger seat easy slide are available on the top-of-the-line variants. Vital features aboard include smart entry system, wireless door lock, speed sensing door lock, cruise control, tilt & telescopic power steering, power windows among others. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

Toyota has brought entirely new engine options on the Innova Crysta. We started with the 2.4-litre diesel motor which is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In-spite of being smaller than the older 2.5-litre engine, the modern four cylinder turbocharged motor has more grunt and is also more frugal. But like the older engine feels not very refined. Just notice the gear lever do the Shake while cranking up the MPV.Once in motion it settles down and has good mid- and top-end power. Rev it harder and the motor gets audible and stressed, forcing you to shift to the next gear before reaching the redline. At 149PS, it produces a stunning 49PS more than the outgoing Innova which is evident right from the word go. There is more than ample torque at 343Nm which comes handy while over taking other cars, even when the Crysta is packed to the brim with passengers and luggage.But the clutch still has a long travel… a compromise you pay for durability. The gear stick is shorter and more car like now, but an averagely built Indian will have to stretch a little to reach the gear-knob when it was slotted in third.

The 5-speed manual gearbox has better spread ratios now, which means you can quickly shift to fifth and cruise on the highway. Having said that, having a sixth gear would have kept the engine even less strained during long distance journey.Toyota engineers spoke about improved sound insulation, but still there is a fair amount of road and engine noise which can be heard within the cabin… yes, even with the windows up. You also get 3 driving modes – Normal, Eco and Power. As the names suggest, Power has the best accelerator response, Eco can squeeze maximum out of a litre of fuel and normal gives you best of both.The other engine option is for those looking for more convenience and opulence. This is also a brand new motor – a 2.8-litre turbocharger with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Currently this is the second MPV, after the Maruti Ertiga, to come with an automatic option in India. After a long day of driving and photoshoot, we couldn’t have asked for anything better – driving back in this automatic car, through the busy streets of Goa. With 174PS power on the tap, it really quick off the line and feels quite spirited for an automatic car. There a massive 360Nm of toque which starts to flow really early in the rev range giving the Crysta automatic creamy power deliver. There’s hardly any turbo-lag and the gearshifts are linear, making it perfect for city use.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Similar to the older Innova, the Crysta employs a ladder on frame chassis, so don’t expect monocoque like dynamics. But use of rigid – high tensile steel has kept a check on the weight. This setup along with larger rear shoc absorbers make the Crysta iron through even crater like roads. The ride quality for a MPV of this size is seriously impressive and the biggest strength going by the road conditions we encounter everyday. The suspension almost never bottoms out, and goes over rumblers and spead breaker as it they never existed.It’s a big car and the steering feels heavy specially while taking a U-turn. This is probably to keep the steering communicative and fairly direct, but at higher speed it becomes both lighter and inconsistent. Moreover, it still has evident body-roll though the engineers have tried to control the sip like pitching movement to certain extent. Obviously, smaller MPVs available in India feel more nimble and agile, but the Innova Crysta is clearly more composed and sure footed.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova range gets three airbags including driver airbag, co-passenger airbag and there is a knee-bag as well. Vehicle stability control and hill start assist control are available only on the range topping variants. Other safety features that are also available on Innova include seat belts in front and rear, child restraint system, back monitor, clearance and back sonar, seat belt warning, door ajar warning and immobilizer. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,61,884/- (Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater) to 23,82,118/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

As expected, the Innova Crysta’s feature list is much longer now. The Crysta will be available in six variants and six colour options. All variants get ABS, driver, passenger and a driver knee airbag as standard. Automatic up and down power windows are standard. The top variant also gets curtain airbags, electrically adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, push start/stop ignition, cruise control and 17-inch alloys wheels to name a few features.While we do know that the Innova Crysta is a big step up from the outgoing model, what we don’t know as yet is the price. We expect Toyota to price the MPV from Rs 15.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh, ex-Mumbai, roughly Rs 2 lakh more than the current Innova’s prices. The new Crysta will retire the current Innova and replace it. If the price is right, the Crysta has the potential to continue its domination for many more years to come.

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