8th August 2016 Toyota has launches Innova Crysta MPV with petrol power plants. Toyota whilst keen to have a petrol engine under its cars hood, however, the same was scheduled for a much later launch. However, thanks to negative judiciary ruling on diesel engines above 2.0l in Delhi NCR, Toyota was suffering the most in sales in one of their biggest market. Dropping sales and rigid stance forced toyota to pre-pone their plans and launch their petrol power earlier than scheduled. A begining that they made with Innova Crysta by plonking their 2.7 Litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine under its hood.
This 4 cylinder petrol engine is designed to keep the running cost on the lwoer side without comrpomising on performance, thus delivering impressive power and mileage. Weight reduction in; rocker arm, retainer and valve spring, along with low friction technology used in 2.7L VVT-I Petrol engine helps maximise fuel efficiency and performance, thus stretching every litre fo the fuel to its utmost.
This 2.7 L petrol power plant use DIS (Direct Ignition System), VVT-i, long nozzle fuel injectors and long-reach spark plugs for engine reliability. Ownership cost is kept under control with the help of chain, chain tensioner and linkless throttle body to make servicing easier.
2 May 2016 Toyota has launched Innova Crysta MPV with diesel power plants in India. At the Auto Expo 2016, Toyota unveiled its next generation Innova and the MPV has now been launched in the first week of May. Prior to the official launch, the vehicle was already seen once on Indian roads sans camouflage.
Innova has had a fair share in the MPV market ever since it was first launched in 2005 as a replacement for the Qualis. In India, it was inevitably the commercial vehicles segment where it found most of its buyers. The facelifts that came in 2009 and 2012 continued to keep up its sales. What arrives in 2016 is a comprehensively styled model - it does have a striking new look and Toyota now calls it ‘Innova Crysta’.
There is a choice of two new 4-cylinder diesel engines with this multi-purpose vehicle:
- 2.4 litre engine with 5 speed manual transmission – It generates 148 bhp at 3400 rpm and 34.97 kgm of torque at 1400-2800 rpm. Variants G, GX, VX and ZX get this unit.
- 2.8 litre engine with 6 speed automatic transmission – It generates 172 bhp at 3400 rpm and 36.71 kgm of torque at 1200-3400 rpm. Variants GX and ZX get this unit.
The engines come with three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Power.
Innova Crysta inherits the silhouette of its predecessors but there are distinct features that give it a new look and form. It has some hints of Toyota Camry and Altis. The changes that get instant notice are at the front. It has a bigger nose, and lines on the bonnet portray a muscular look. With stretched back headlamps, it gets a trendy touch to stand against the contemporary rivals. They have chrome lining albeit it’s not overdone. LEDs make them more modish. But it is prominently the new, bigger hexagonal grille that gives Innova Crysta 2016 a different look than the models that we have seen earlier.
In this new avatar Toyota’s MUV has also become 180 mm longer, 60 mm wider and its height is up by 45 mm. The wheelbase continues to measure 2750 mm. After the increase in dimensions, the kerb weight stands between 1855 and 1870 kg. 17 inch wheels are standard and there are alloys for the higher end trims. They have 215/55 R17 rubber.
In its profile look, Innova Crysta reminds us of the older model but the designers have made all possible attempts to give it a newer identity. It’s mainly the tapering glass area of windows, the drooping roofline and the muscular fenders, that divulge its MPV elements and give it a hint of van. But on the whole, the car still is attractive in its side view.
It appears bigger and contemporary from the rear too with its inverted L shaped combination of tails lights and turn indicators.
Inside the cabin, the front seats are wide and well contoured for support. The interiors feel more premium and dashboard reminds us of what is seen in the Camry. There are big dials on the instrument console and the chunky, wood-trimmed steering wheel has multiple controls that include cruise-control stalk.
Flanked by two vertical bars of silver trim, the centre console packs in the AC controls and a large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latter has satellite navigation, a host of audio and video options, fuel and trip computer and a rear-view camera with display. Innova Crysta’s top-end ZX trim has lot more equipment than its other siblings.
Toyota’s designers have thoughtfully furbished and ordained the rear part of the cabin. Even the door panels here get a fancier look with wooden trims. The chair seats slide back & forth and recline. And while the third row seats are not very comfortable, they are tad better than in previous Innovas. Luggage space with all the seats in place is also more decent than before. A one touch action folds away the third row of seats for more space.
With manual transmission (MT), all versions of Innova Crysta 2.4 (except the ZX) come in both 7 and 8 seater versions. The top end 2.4 ZX MT comes only in a 7-seater version.
Price range is between Rs. 13.88 lakhs and Rs. 20.78 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi).
With automatic transmission, Innova Crysta 2.8 again gets 7 and 8 seater versions for GX and only 7 seater trim with top end ZX. In addition to the existing Silver, Grey and Super White shades, there are three new colour options available - Garnet Red, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Avant-garde Bronze.
The price is exorbitantly high but the changed design of this Toyota along with its load of contemporary features can bring it buyers in the commercial segment. The chauffeur driven too may like to go for it.