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Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The current Toyota Innova is over a decade old, but through that time, it has found many happy owners. When it was first introduced to replace the boxy Qualis, many found the hike in price too great and unjustified. However, soon enough, the Innova won Indian buyers over with its space, comfort and, above all, its rock-solid and hassle-free reliability. And, though its prices rose by as much as 60 percent over the years, it never seemed to deter buyers, who kept flocking to the big MPV. Now, history is about to repeat itself, as Toyota is finally replacing the Innova with a new-generation model, and, as expected, it is a good deal more expensive than the outgoing car. But is it worth it? We have driven the India-spec car in Goa to find out just that. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Toyota Innova Crysta Exteriors

The Innova Crysta exteriors features a chrome finish with high gloss lower grille radiator, automatic LED projector with automatic headlamp levelling and front fog lamps. The Innova Crysta variant GX has 16-inch alloy wheels, and top variants VX and ZX feature 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. The Innova Crysta colour options include new introduction Garnet Red, Avant-Grade Bronze, White Pearl Crystal Shine along with Grey, Silver and Super white.

There’s a huge grille with black slats in its lower section and two chrome bars at the top that really grabs your attention. Flowing out from the chrome bars is a pair of large swept-back headlamps that contain LED running lights and projector elements. 17-inch wheels are standard now (they are alloys on high-spec cars), and what really gives character to the sides of this MPV are the flared wheel arches and the rearmost window glass that kinks up sharply towards the D-pillar. At the back too, the Innova Crysta looks quite attractive with its ‘inverted L-shaped’ tail-lamps.

Toyota Innova Crysta Interiors

Now most owners of the Innova are usually chauffeured around and the interiors had to be a big step up for Toyota. And that is exactly what the new Toyota Innova brings to the table. From the moment you step inside, the Innova makes you feel like you are sitting in an uber modern lounge and not just a car. Toyota has worked extensively to make the details stand out and to make it a very harmonious design. Get into the comfortable driver’s seat, the first thing that strikes you is the futuristic dash. What you notice first-up is the single aluminum strip running right across the dash from either of the corner aircon vents. This is something that Toyota found very difficult to achieve, considering how wide the dash is. The only real negative on the interior front though is the fact that the plastic quality on the lower half of the dashboard is a little poor and could have been much better.

The next thing to catch your attention is the 4.2-inch TFT screen that sits bang in the middle of the dash. Now this screen does not fit flush into the dashboard, but still looks quite funky. It’s like a tablet fixed in the middle of the dashboard that gives out the navigation, audio, telephone, and other details. Right below the screen are the aircon controls, which are devoid of any unnecessary buttons. Just two dials and some chrome buttons in the centre with a legible display to make it as user-friendly as possible. The leather-wrapped steering feels good to hold and comes with all the connectivity buttons you need; so you don’t need to lift your hands off the wheel at all. The instrument binnacle is brilliant as well. While the tachometer and the speedometer are pretty easy to read, it is the screen in the centre that grabs attention. It reads out the fuel consumption, cruising range, average speed, and even has a compass.

In fact if you’re bored driving on a highway, you can even set fuel-efficiency targets, with the screen telling you how well you have fared. Pretty neat and especially usefull for all the ‘Kitna Deti hai’ obsessed Indian junta. The Innova also gets plenty of storage, including two gloveboxes for knick-knacks. These can hold as many as twenty-one one-litre bottles and was designed keeping the Indian customer and the hot Indian climate in mind.Moving to the back, the rear seats feel very comfortable. Now these are all-new seats that Toyota have designed considering the long distance driving most Innova are used for in the private and commercial market. They can now accommodate larger frames more easily and provide better support as well. Rear passengers also get a tray attached to the back of the front seats to place laptops or for refreshments.

A very practical touch is the cup holder on the side of the rear seat and sits open at the touch of a button and can hold two cups. Other than that, the rear passenger can also slide the co-driver’s seat forward using the lever located on the co-driver’s seat itself. Thanks to the increase in length, both the rear passengers and the third-row passengers get more room as well. The Innova Crysta is longer, wider and taller than the current Innova by 150mm, 70mm and 35mm, respectively. The wheelbase however, remains the same. For more info on Toyota Innova Crysta visit 

The rear passengers also get cozy lounge lighting on the roof, along with a screen for the rear aircon controls. It’s a pleasant place to be in and the chauffer driven are in for a really good time. Toyota has really stepped up the game here and this is going to be a hard precedent to follow.A point we must add before we move on to the mechanical bits on the new Innova is the fact that the wind noise in the cabin was actually quite high. There was a constant hum and woosh that we could hear on both the cars and that did become a little annoying after a while.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

So the updates to the exterior and interior are both huge improvements, but there’s even more good news in store. The Innova Crysta comes with two entirely new diesel engines, a 2.4-litre with a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 2.8-litre with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.4 manual first, and when compared to the old 2.5-litre engine, there are some similarities. This one too is not very refined, sounding a bit gravelly at start-up and then again at higher revs, and it also doesn’t enjoy being revved a lot, making you want to shift up well before the redline. However, both these aspects are slightly improved from the old car. The Crysta settles into a smooth and relatively silent hum at low to medium revs, and though you’ll still want to shift up early, you get more out of each gear now. The rest is all positive. For one, there’s more power – 150hp is a significant jump in power over the old 102hp, and at 13.1sec, the Crysta is a full 4.4sec faster from 0-100kph than the previous car! It even feels much stronger when you’re overtaking, which is essential when you’re out on the highway with a fully loaded-up car; this is helped by its solid 343Nm of pulling power that’s made as low as 1,400rpm.

The old Innova was geared very short, so cruising in fifth on the highway was a noisy affair and the engine sounded strained. The newer car has a much broader torque spread and relatively taller gearing, so it feels a lot more comfortable loping along at high speeds, although we feel a sixth ratio would have made it more effortless still. So it’s a great highway cruiser, but if you find yourself in traffic, you will notice the clutch pedal is on the heavy side and that the short gear lever needs a little more effort. It’s also got three drive modes – Eco, Normal and Power. Eco is best for when you’re in town and want to stretch every last litre of diesel, while Power yields the quickest responses to accelerator inputs. But Normal mode is the best for everyday driving, delivering a good mix of power and efficiency.

What really tells you that the Innova is now a seriously premium car is the availability of an automatic gearbox. The six-speed unit also comes with a larger, even more powerful diesel engine – 2.8 litres with 174hp at 3,400rpm and 360Nm at 1,200-3,400rpm. This car is properly quick, being able to cross 100kph in just 11.5sec, and this is despite the fact it weighs almost 1.9 tonnes! The automatic gear shifts themselves are smooth, but we feel the system is too eager to change gears sometimes, even when not necessary. And while there are no paddle shifters for manual gear control, you can change gears manually with the gear lever itself.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Toyota has decided not to mess around too much here and stuck with the ladder frame instead of shifting to monocoque. According to Toyota, the rugged ladder frame is more suitable for Indian conditions and hence the ‘why fix what is not broken?’ approach. Now the Innova is supposed to carry six to seven people across country or within the confines of the city, and that is a task that it carries out with aplomb. Ride quality is better than before and the Crysta soaks in bumps and potholes with ease. The larger 17-inch tyres, along with the re-calibrated suspension, work brilliantly.

We still have to try the car with a full load, but I’m assuming that shouldn’t be a problem and if anything, it could be even better. The Innova was known for its car like dynamics and, thanks to that double wishbone set-up, it’s still a good drive in most conditions. The 55-profile tyres are the only fly in the ointment, though. A lower profile warrants stiffer sidewalls, which do compromise the ride quality a little when but then the upside is better dynamics.

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 Cost in Mumbai

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 15,97,301 to 27,10,400 for variants Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater and Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport respectively. Toyota Innova Crysta is available in 20 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Innova Crysta variants price in Mumbai. Check for Innova Crysta price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Toyota Innova Crysta Round Up

The Innova Crysta has gone on sale at a price range of Rs 13.84-20.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Yes, that puts it out of the realm of conventional MPVs from Maruti, Honda, Chevrolet, Mahindra and Renault and almost into the territory of seven-seat SUVs and even executive sedans. When you’re paying this much money, you have certain expectations of space, quality, luxury and comfort, and the good news is the Innova Crysta delivers on just about all of them. Sure, refinement is still not the greatest, and the steering, clutch and gearbox can get a bit tiresome in traffic, but these are minor setbacks in the scheme of things. The Crysta takes all the old Innova’s strengths that customers just love, and amplifies them. Yes, you will have to pay a premium for it, but as most owners of the previous car will tell you, it will be worth it.

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