If there has been any MUV that has won the hearts of Indian customers, it has been the Toyota Innova. The Innova has been the japanese manufacturer’s best seller in India. Though being priced at a premium to its competiton, the Innova took not time in becoming a favourite and a preferred people mover. Comfort, space, reliability and many more factors helped it become a best seller. New Toyota Innova Crysta 2017. This vehicle is now better on performance, features, fit and finish and also space.
Toyota has once again set a benchmark with the Innova Crysta. Now it is upto the competition to catch up. It has once again started to sell in large number despite the hike in price. That shows the level of confidence that people have in the Toyota Innova brand. We review the Toyota Innova Crysta in detail and tell you whether it is worth buying. Read on further.Check for Innova Crysta price in Bangalore
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
The new Innova Crysta like we already mentioned looks sharper and edgier than before and if you ask me this people mover is also previewing Toyota’s new designs language which can also be seen in some of their recent products as well. Talk about swize and the new generation Inoova Crysta is wider as well as longer than its predecessor which in turn has created more room inside the cabin.Towards the front the Innova gets wraparound headlamps which gets integrated projector and LED units . Apart from the new headlamp unit the front profile also gets massive grille with chrome laden slats. The long front hood also gets some edgy character lines as well.
The side profile however looks simple but the new ORVM’s gets integrated side indicators and the huge glass area towards the side profile helps even the third row passengers to get proper view of their surroundings. The highlight of the side profile however is the diagonally cut D pillars.Walk towards the rear profile and you will greeted with the double layered completely new wrap around taillamps.The rear profile also gets an integrated rear spoiler as well which gives this massive vehicle some sporty appearance. There is even a shark fin antenna towards the rear roof area. Lastly the rear deep opening tailgate completes the overall look of the new Innova Crysta. The rear tailgate also gets the Smart Close back door system which automatically locks the door once it has been released.Overall Toyota has gone for the grand tourer type styling on the new generation Innova and it definitely looks impressive and much more modern than its predecessor.
CABIN AND 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.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
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.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The good news just keeps coming, as the other great strength of the Innova – its comfortable and all-conquering ride – has not been tampered with either. At just about any and all speeds, the big MPV just punishes bumps and potholes into submission. The suspension is tuned a little on the soft side and absorbs all sorts of road irregularities well, and if there is a slight jittery feeling, it’s more down to the relatively large 17-inch wheels than the suspension. In a straight line on the highway, the Innova Crysta stays superbly flat and composed, keeping cabin occupants comfortable throughout. The only disappointment is the steering. Of course, one cannot expect sportscar precision in an MPV, but the Crysta’s wheel feels too heavy at low speeds and requires too many turns, lock to lock, to make a U-turn. Conversely, at higher speeds, it starts to feel loose and inconsistent, and this can get a little disconcerting. You’ll also feel a bit of steering shock through the wheel as you drive over sharper bumps. And, expectedly, there’s loads of body roll around corners, and combined with the slow, heavy and mushy steering, this is really not a car you want to drive enthusiastically
Safety features are generous too. All passengers get three-point seatbelts and while three airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA) come as standard, higher variants get seven airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill-start assist too.
Without a doubt the the Innova Crysta is a huge jump over the old car in most areas. The build quality both inside and out is good; cabin ambiance has taken a big jump forward; it is much more comfortable and spacious than before; it’s loaded with features; and it gets potent motors which makes it one of the fastest MPVs, and the comfortable ride makes it a great long distance car. It does have its downsides. In pursuit of making the suspension more cushy, the new Innova doesn’t feel as nimble as before and interior quality could have been better as the new car now crosses the Rs 20 lakh mark. So is the Innova Crysta worth the extra moolah? Well the answer is mostly yes. It gets lots of features, gets at least three airbags and ABS as standard and then there is the legendary Toyota reliability. The new Innova Crysta radiates the feel good-factor thanks to its peace of mind ownership and now with the improved overall package there are even less excuses not to buy the Innova.