The Toyota Innova has been the king of the hill when it comes to people movers in India ever since its launch in 2005. Every other manufacturer is trying hard to play catch up to try and get a sizeable chunk of this pie. Now Toyota is all set to raise the bar a bit higher with the new generation Innova which they have named Innova Crysta.
The new Crysta is a completely different animal as compared to the current version. The design is all new and possesses a sportier hue. The front end is brand new and comes with smart projector headlamps and LED pilot lamps as well. There is a dollop if chrome in the package too. In profile the Crysta incorporates a strong shoulder line and this is the only view which gives away the fact that the Crysta is a MPV. Through the back, the tail lamps are new and also come fitted with miniscule fins which serve to make it a little more aerodynamic.
Inside the Crysta is all new and gets a new dash complete with numerous storage bins. A large touch screen entertainment panel is also employed which also serves as a sat nav. The climate control system comes with multiple louvers both up front and at the back. The instrument panel is new and comprehensive too. Quality of plastics in certain sections is not as upmarket as expected. At the back the new Crysta gets mood lighting and even picnic tables. The third row is easier to access now with one touch foldable middle seats.
The Crysta is tuned to absorbs bumps well and even rough patches does not dislodge this big MPV. The steering is slightly on the heavier side but feedback offered is best deemed ample.
- 2.4-litre Diesel producing 150 bhp and 343 Nm of torque.
- 2.8 litre Diesel producing 174bhp and 360Nm of torque.
- A five-speed manual transmission will be offered with both the engines. The 2.8-litre engine also gets a six-speed automatic transmission, a first for Innova.