Toyota Innova Crysta Performance & Test Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota Innova is the name which almost all of us are familiar with. It is arguably the most successful people carrier of the 21st century in the Indian automotive scene. It is the only one which surpassed its competitors in terms of looks, performance and design. The journey of Toyota Innova started in India over a decade ago, it replaced the popular Qualis in the year 2005. The competition was quite less at that time and the people were reluctant to pay such a high amount on MPVs. Slowly and steadily Innova gained the ground and remained as the leading MPV for years with almost no competition. And despite the price hike during all these years, the vehicle commands an incredible loyalty. The new Crysta is the step ahead of the original Innova with all new build and equipment. The car is based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. New Innova Crysta 2016 now gets cosmetic updates on the exteriors, the cabin is also been updated with the whole lot of goodies and mechanicals has been changed as well. Toyota Innova Crysta In Tryaldrive

Toyota Innova Crysta

Toyota Innova Crysta Design

Toyota decided to go all bold, in terms of design, with the new Innova Crysta. This could also be an attempt to camouflage the boxy MPV shape, but one cannot confuse it with any other vehicle due to its typical van like design. But credit should be given where it’s due, the Innova Crysta doesn’t look anything like a people’s mover from any angle rather the big imposing hexagonal grille and Katana blade like shaped headlamps make the Innova a premium vehicle. This new obtrusive front grille is quite similar to the Corolla Altis and the Camry, though the Innova’s grille is a lot bigger and wider in size. Also the twin pod projector lamps with LED daytime running lights add a touch of class. Toyota has tried to buff up the Innova with a pronounced V crease on the bonnet while the prominent shoulder lines running across the doors all the way to the tail lamps and are complemented by 17-inch alloy wheels. The C-pillar gets a freshly new designed window, which seems to be inspired from Lexus LX. Coming to the rear, the all new boomerang rear lamps, or as we would like to call them Tomahawk shaped, really stand out while the top of the line variant comes with a roof spoiler

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.

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 spoilsport for segment above luxury car buyers.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

Toyota has built a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder, dual VVT-i petrol engine that develops 163bhp and 245Nm of torque right from the scratch. The engine comes mated to either a 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, which we sampled, or a 5-speed manual transmission, both of which are lifted from the diesel versions.Usually, if you hear a manufacturer say that they have developed a brand new engine from scratch which was ‘fast-tracked’, we expected a decently powerful engine, with some amount of vibrations and noise levels, basically we expected a rushed and half hearted job. But after driving the the car, it just left us with eyes wide open along with a huge grin on our faces.The engine has two modes – Eco and Power, which can be changed with the click of a pair of small buttons on the centre console. In ‘Eco’ mode, the engine responds very well to throttle inputs with a gentle surge of power. ‘Power’ mode allows the automatic gearbox to hold the revs longer all the way to the redline if you floor the throttle completely, else it will gauge how much throttle input you’re providing and change gears accordingly. The torque is delivered very smoothly and not with a burst which makes the ride more comfortable and its easy to drive in stop and go traffic.

The automatic gearbox does upshifts fairly quickly, it’s the downshifts in both eco and power mode where it finds itself just slightly flustered when set to automatic in stop-and-go city driving. But you can use the sequential tip-tronic settings if you really need the power to shift down manually. Normally, the drivetrain with its well defined gear ratios behaves decently – it’s designed for comfort so you shouldn’t be looking for that sudden burst of torque kicking in.

Toyota claims a fuel economy of 10.83kmpl for the new Innova Crysta automatic petrol. During our test, the read-out indicated an average of around 7.6kmpl. Taking into consideration the fact that the engine is fairly large – displacing 2,694cc, and hadn’t really clocked much distance or have run-in completely, it seemed fairly decent for lugging a vehicle of this size. Given time and careful driving, it’s possible to get very close to the claimed figures though.The suspension set up provides all round comfort for all passengers and it also comes with what Toyota are calling “Pitch and Bounce control” which helps in stabilizing the car on rough road conditions keeping the chassis and the vehicle as level as possible.

Toyota Innova Crysta Rideing

The well-proven performance of Innova Crysta 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.Like the earlier Innova, the new one is deployed on a ladder on frame chassis and uses a reinforced high-tensile steel to keep a tab on the weight. This combination along with large rear shock absorbers make the car glide through even large potholes. The ride quality is truly impressive especially looking at the typical everyday Indian road conditions. The suspension never hits the ground and makes mincemeat of speed bumps and potholes without breaking a sweat.The steering feels heavy at city speeds while a slightly more power assistant could have made easier for the car to overcome tight spots.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova Crysta gets disc brakes at front and drum at the rear. Looking at the amount of time this MPV would spend on highways, an all-disc brake would have been better. However, the brakes are still competent enough to stop the car without any drama. Even in automatic variants, the brakes don’t feel nervous.In terms of safety, the car offers dual front airbags and driver knee airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment. Move on to the top variants and you can have a fully loaded Innova with features like 7-airbags, traction control, hill start assist, vehicle stability control, electronic stability program and Isofix & 3-point seatbelts.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Bangalore

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 13,47,224/- (Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater) to 22,27,116/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Innova Crysta price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

Toyota insists that the Innova Crysta is not a multi-purpose vehicle, rather a multi performance vehicle and we totally agree with them. Both the 2.4 and 2.8-litre diesel engines provide quite grunt that will keep you smiling, though the manual version is a lot more fun to drive. The NVH level in the cabin is far superior than the first generation Innova due to additional sound proof materials. Therefore, the engine noise is barely audible. Innova always provided a comfortable ride quality, but the Crysta is in a different league all together as it simple sails over ditches. It cushions undulations and potholes easily. Innova Crysta offers very decent driving experience, sublime ride quality, luxurious cabin and safety features like top of the line version is equipped with 7 airbags. It is no more an MPV leader, the Innova Crysta now has its eyes set on the D-segment and knowing Toyota, it might vanquish this struggling class.