Toyota Innova Crysta Review: First Drive

After ruling the roost for over a decade, the Japanese automobile giant has finally decided to let the first generation Innova retire gracefully as they launch the all new Innova Crysta. Toyota decided to go all bold, in terms of design, with the new Innova Crysta.

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.

Step inside and you’re welcomed with an air of opulence, which no other MPV can boast about. The cabin gives a lounge like feel with ambience light and rich materials fitted inside at top notch. The Innova Crysta’s dashboard is like a work of art as it is sculpted with wooden panels and aluminum touches.

Like most contemporary vehicles, the 7-inch infotainment touch screen hogs the Innova’s dashboard, but it offers more panache as it comes in aluminum brushed finish. For the first time, the Innova is available in two diesel engine options.

The automatic variant is powered by 2.8-litre powerplant mated with 6-speed torque convertor transmission. Step on the gas, and due to tall gearing ratio, the 172bhp doesn’t kick in as quickly as we would have liked.

The manual version, on the other hand doesn’t disappoint. The 2.4-litre variant packs a punch when you put the pedal to the metal. This was a pleasant surprise to us as we never thought a MPV would be capable of adding some zing into its DNA. What’s impressive is that the 148 ponies are always ready to burst into a sprint without any cajoling, thanks to shorter gear ratio. The manual version is an absolute peach to drive.

Both the Innova Crysta versions come in two driving modes – Eco and Power. The former, as expected, is all about being fuel efficient, but what’s worth noting is that the MPV never felt power deprived. In power mode, the Innova Crysta becomes quite a free revving machine always wanting to go that extra mile effortlessly. Innova always provided a comfortable ride quality, but the Crysta is in a different league all together as it simply sails over ditches. Toyota will now be looking to take over the D segment with the new Innova.

Also Read: Tech Spec Comparison: Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra Xylo vs Renault Lodgy

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