Toyota Innova Crysta Overview
Toyota’s first generation of Innovas in India had a short stint with a petrol engine but it didn’t last for long as it wasn’t a great proposition back then. However, the Delhi-NCR diesel ban that was lifted some time ago highlighted the problems diesel mills could encounter in time. Since then, some car makers have gone on the back foot and a range of petrol engine variants have made it to our market to compensate for any future shortcomings.
Toyota’s Innova Crysta petrol will cater to those consumers who aspire for a petrol engine in their favourite MPV, and will also work as a back-up plan for the car maker in case there are any future proceedings against diesel engines. We drove the petrol version of the Innova Crysta and here’s what we think about it.Check for SBI car loan at Fincarz.
Toyota Innova Crysta Design
Toyota has completely modernized the car, yet is able to retain the essence of a true Innova. One can even see a glimpse of Camry and new Corolla Altis. Although each and every body panel is fresh, the overall silhouette leaves you in a mix-up whether it is Innova or a new car. At the front, the difference can be seen in the form of the huge hexagonal grille with two thick chrome slats that neatly merges into the dual barrel headlamps. The headlight cluster houses sleek projector lenses and a LED unit. The bumper has been revamped and the new fog lamp enclosure nicely integrates turn indicators.
The side profile is rather sharper and the strong shoulder line and creases running through the doors certainly boost up the profile. The muscular wheel arches have been filled with 17-inch alloys which are only available on the top end ZX variant. The lower variant gets 16-inch wheels. The new Crysta Innova can also be distinguished with saber-tooth inspired tail lights at the rear. The tail lamps also make the car looks wider while the aero stability wings are not only eye-catchy but also helpful in stabilizing the vehicle on high speeds by managing airflow around the vehicle.
The new Innova Crysta with its stylish design really makes a strong road presence. It is now more than a functional people’s carrier given the amount of luxury and comfort it offers.
Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin
The cabin set-up will really mesmerize you. It would be an understatement to say the interiors of the car has gone upmarket. The quality of materials, colour combination and multiple layers across will make you realize how plain jane the earlier Innova was. The soft top of dash feels excellent while the middle layer designed in faux wood gives a premium appeal to the vehicle. The interiors are all-black and that along with dark wood trim really suits the cabin.
Toyota claims that it’s the most feature equipped MPV in the country. The highlight on the dashboard is the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment which does a whole lot of thing right from pairing smartphones for telephony and music to navigation and relaying feeds from the rear parking camera. The 4.2 inch TFT multi-information display is another interesting addition which opens up a world of driver information. These include fuel consumption, average speed, cruising range, elapsed time, cruise control, ECO driving mode, outside temperature, phone caller display, and navigation display.
The steering wheel has been wrapped in leather with a plethora of controls for music, telephony as well as cruising. Other comfort features in the car include ambient lighting system, dual zone climate control, cooled glove box, rear aircons on 2nd and 3rd row, tilt and telescopic steering, and push engine start/stop button. Sadly, the car has only a single USB port for charging and data.
Coming to the seating and space, the driver’s seat is large and nicely bolstered for the long-distance travel. It can also be electrically adjusted. The rear seats are also comfortable and seem to have been shared from a premium sedan. Then there is a foldable table/bench that creates a sense of luxury and a switch to slide the front seat forward even from the middle row. The second row can be the best place to sit and relax as the rear aircons are surrounded by ambient lighting. The faux wood trims on the door panels add more to the premiumness, something which is missing at the front doors. The 3rd row can be folded individually easily for creating more luggage space. For more on Toyota Innova Crysta check Changeonslapac
The practicality of storage and space in the car is really commendable. There are no less than 20 bottle-holders, smartphone holder for USB port and Aux-In, a couple of cup-holders and also cooled glove-box for stuffing your drinks and beverages. One of the biggest alterations in the car is the one-touch tumble 2nd row which is convenient to use. Overall, the interior of the car is several notches above the previous version and can play spoil sport segment above luxury car buyers.
Toyota Innova Crysta Performance
Toyota’s Innova Crysta in petrol guise hides an inconspicuous 2.7-litre motor that’s good for 166bhp at 5200rpm and 245Nm of torque at 4000rpm, and is offered with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. We got to drive the automatic version and once you start the motor, there’s no running away from the fact that it is on the noisier side, especially when revved. On the contrary, being a petrol means the refinement levels are better than the diesel sibling straight off the bat, so it comes without the vibration and harshness that’s usually associated with diesels.
As a result, if this is a car you’re planning to drive, rather than being driven around in, this MPV is definitely for you. However, this motor lacks the sheer punch that the diesel mill enjoys and is hence not as exciting to drive as one would expect a petrol to be. Nevertheless, once you’re off the mark, keep the throttle depressed and the engine will respond with a clean and linear rush to the 5800rpm redline with a slight surge in performance at around 2000rpm. 100kmph comes up in a relatively brisk 12.42sec (diesel auto takes 11.67sec).
There’s three drive modes to select from, called Eco, Normal, and Power. Come off the accelerator pedal in Eco and Normal mode and the system lets the rpm spring back just above idle revs and in the process lets the Innova Crysta coast. All modes are basically remaps and one wouldn’t be able to notice the difference between Eco and Normal mode while driving. However, responses in Power mode are crisper and the gears downshift as soon as more throttle input is detected to build up on the momentum.
Just like the diesel variant, the softly sprung setup makes for a decent low speed ride but expect the constant shimmy over sharper bumps which is characteristic of a ladder frame. Also, one will hear the suspension only when the roads turn from bad to worse which is when it filters into the cabin with a thud. Be prepared for some sideways rocking and a bit of bobbing on uneven patches as these are traits of a ladder frame chassis setup.
Toyota Innova Crysta Riding
The well-proven performance of Innova is further enhanced with superior drive quality with advanced technology, such as vehicle stability control and hill-start assist control. The quick response of the engine, smooth change of gear ratios and the improved suspension quality assure high-speed drivability and comfort for the occupants.
With this suspension setup, the Innova Crysta invites loads of grip and great straight line stability. Though it tends to roll a fair bit, the steering does a good job in controlling its manners around bends. We did feel that the steering was a bit light and slow off the dead centre once you’re on the move, but as speeds rise it weighs up decently. That said, at much slower speeds like while navigating through tighter lanes or parking, you will witness the steering to become exceedingly heavy and cumbersome to manoeuvre. With the Innova Crysta, one will find the brakes to offer a reassuring sharp bite, however, a little more feedback from the pedal would have been welcome. Request Toyota Innova Crysta Test Drive.
Toyota Innova Crysta Safety
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 Bangalore
Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 18,67,671 to 27,98,020 for variants Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater and Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater respectively. Toyota Innova Crysta is available in 14 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Innova Crysta variants price in Bangalore. View offers on Toyota Innova Crysta at Autozhop.
Toyota Innova Crysta Verdict
Of course, there’s no denying that Toyota will benefit by having a viable option to diesels in case things go south with emissions the next time. However, the petrol Innova Crysta is also meant for those buyers who will be driving themselves and want an exceptionally reliable MPV with great packaging and smoothness but will not be covering a lot of mileage due to the low fuel efficiency. Such buyers prefer these traits over the frugality, NVH characteristics and the extra maintenance that diesels attract. Only time and upcoming diesel bans can show us how the petrol Toyota Innova Crysta will fare in our market.
Toyota Innova Crysta is offered in three different variants such as G, V and Z. Taking a quick glance at the pricing details. The base variant G gets the price tag of Rs. 13.52 lakh while the top trim Z is available at the price tag of Rs. 21.57 lakh. Its Touring Sport Edition is priced at Rs. 22.15 lakh while the top-selling variant 2.7 GX MT petrol is available at the price tag of Rs. 14.34 lakh.
More than a decade has passed and the car is still an undisputable king in the segment. Though over the years it has become an expensive piece of machinery, there is no denying the package has been rounded well. The car looks contemporary from every angle and loaded with tech and safety features. Toyota Innova Crysta competes against the stellars in the class such as Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV 500.