The word Innova is derived from the English word Innovation. And in India, the Innova nameplate dates back to 2005 when it replaced the Qualis.
A decade later, the Innova has sold 1.6 million vehicles globally and is undeniably India's favourite people carrier.
However, does the 2016 Toyota Innova — labelled as the "Innova Crysta" for India — offer more INNOVA-tions?
Toyota Innova Crysta Price List
|Toyota Innova Crysta G seven-seater||Rs. 13,83,677|
|Toyota Innova Crysta G eight-seater||Rs. 13,88,177|
|Toyota Innova Crysta GX seven-seater||Rs. 14,69,681|
|Toyota Innova Crysta GX eight-seater||Rs. 14,74,181|
|Toyota Innova Crysta VX seven-seater||Rs. 17,53,397|
|Toyota Innova Crysta VX eight-seater||Rs. 17,57,897|
|Toyota Innova Crysta ZX seven-seater||Rs. 19,47,930|
|Toyota Innova Crysta GX seven-seater (Automatic)||Rs. 15,99,681|
|Toyota Innova Crysta GX eight-seater (Automatic)||Rs. 16,04,181|
|Toyota Innova Crysta ZX seven-seater (Automatic)||Rs. 20,77,930|
Note: Prices mentioned are ex-showroom (Mumbai).
Toyota Innova Crysta Exterior & Interior
The existing Innova is a convincing package. The 2016 model however, takes the Innova design up a notch.
The front-end exudes an extra splash of style with an all-new automatic LED-projector headlamp and amber turn signal units embedded within the front fog lamps. The new front also shows off two chrome lines that run from the vehicle grille to the headlamps and a well-sculpted bonnet.
The distinctive front-end sets the Innova Crysta apart from more conservative MPVs.
As for the rear section, it is evident that Toyota has taken a bold approach with the Innova Crysta. The highlight is the eye-catching boomerang-styled wraparound taillamps.
The Innova Crysta certainly looks more distinctive than the previous generation model and has ditched the old design in favour of a slightly drooping roofline and tapering glasshouse.
The inside, offers a comfortable new environment with an extraordinarily high-quality finish, which allows you to loosen up and feel at ease.
From the three-dimensional instrument cluster, to a 4-spoke leather wrap and wood steering wheel, to the hazel brown woodgrain dashboard garnish, the Innova Crysta's cockpit is fresh and luxurious with a new level of sophisticated grandness compared to the old Innova.
Around the instrument panel, the air conditioning controls are located at an optimally high position, which is an essential feature for India, considering things are always heated up outside.
The audio controls on the other hand, face the vehicle occupants and can be easily reached and manipulated by touch.
The rear seat environment is no longer plain and straightforward. As per Toyota's research, Innova owners are typically seated in the rear end, as majority of the cars are chauffeur-driven. With this in mind, significant improvements have been carried out compared to the previous Innova.
To provide high-quality ambiance, the Innova Crysta features a U-shaped linear illumination LED that envelopes the seat occupants.
For exquisite traveling comfort, new well-bolstered leather seats have been inducted. The moment we sat down, we felt the new seats rival those in a luxury sedan in terms of style, design, and comfort.
To enhance the convenience, second-row occupants have seat back tables where they can place their laptop (or food). The maximum load capacity of the seat back table is 10 kgs.
For thirsty travelers, there is enough room for storage of your water containers; in total, the vehicle can hold 20 plastic bottles. The front and rear door bins are big enough to hold three 1-litre bottles of water.
Performance, Ride, and Handling of The Innova Crysta
The Innova's ride quality is comfortable and refined. The pitch and bounce control is well-mannered, and during long-haul drives, the ride quality truly stands out.
The steering feedback is detailed, however, weighty at low speeds and gets better across the range as you up the tempo. The chassis, on the other hand, feels solid at high speeds.
Concerning engine performance, the 2.4 litre diesel with a 5-speed manual gearbox has strong reserves of torque at 343Nm and is best to drive at 1500 rpm — 2500 rpm in power mode.
The 2.8 litre, 6-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift is fun to drive. The auto gearbox is smooth and precise enough, providing a good burst of 360Nm of torque from low in the rev band to an excellent mid-range punch. The automatic model is best to drive at 1200 rpm — 3500 rpm in power mode.
The driver can choose between two drive modes: Eco and Power. The drive modes are available on the 2.4 litre (manual) and 2.8 litre (automatic) model as well.
The Eco mode is the preferred choice for a more economical drive. In this mode, the throttle response is dulled, and the vehicle is a bit sluggish to be used all the time.
Overall, the ride quality and stability is a notch better than the previous Innova. However, the compliant suspension means that the Innova Crysta rolls around in corners and isn't as agile or balanced taking on tighter corners as compared to the previous Innova.
Come to think of it, the Innova Crysta is a bit of a downer for the over enthusiastic drivers who love to flick from one lock to the other. A gentle reminder — this MPV's gross weight is around 2.5 tons.
Toyota Innova Crysta Specifications Overview
|Toyota Innova Crysta||Grade Z (Manual)||Grade Z (Automatic)|
|Engine Type||BSIV, turbocharged diesel||BSIV, turbocharged diesel|
|Displacement (cc)||2.4 litre||2.8 litre|
|Max. Power Output||150PS @ 3400 rpm||174PS @ 3400 rpm|
|Max. Torque Output||343Nm @ 1400 - 2800 rpm||360Nm @ 1200 - 3400 rpm|
|Gearbox||5-speed manual||6-speed with Sequential Shift|
|Gross Weight||2430 kgs||2450 kgs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 litre|
|Tyres/ Wheels||215/55/ R17 - Alloy Wheels|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||4,735mm x 1,830mm x 1,795mm|
Out of the Ordinary Feature - The Innova Crysta
The front passenger seat can be moved forward or backward (when it is unoccupied) by the second-row seat passenger by pushing up the quick slide feature.
The quick slide option eliminates the requirement for the second-row passenger to step out or the driver to adjust the front co-passenger seat for rear occupant legroom.
|Important Safety & Security Features|
|Clutch Start System (depress clutch to start the vehicle)|
|7 SRS Airbags: Driver, Front Passenger, Driver Knee, Front Side, & Curtain Shield Airbags|
|ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)|
|Vehicle Stability Control and Hill Start Assist Control|
|3Point ELR Seatbelts Front and Rear for All Passengers|
+ Large size headrests
+ Controls logically laid out
+ Automatic and fun to drive
+ Top-end model is well equipped
+ More legroom and spacious cabin
+ 7 SRS airbags [top-end variant]
+ 5 SRS airbags [entry and mid variants]
+ Quality wood-finish and brushed aluminium inserts
- Entry and mid variants offered with 16-inch tyres
- Second-row armrest thickness is not beefy enough
The new Innova model is stylish in design, generous in equipment, and genuinely fun to drive. And by doing this, the Innova Crysta is rewriting the book on MPV styling, luxury, and performance.
Jobo Kuruvilla Thinks!
Without change, there is no innovation. As a whole, the 2016 Innova Crysta is an example of continuous transformation and what owners and families look for in MPVs — practical and functional.
I strongly feel — the Innova is here to stay for another decade (at least), irrespective of the pricing.
Toyota Innova price in 2005 (when launched): Rs. 6 to 8 lakh
Toyota Innova Crysta price: Rs. 14 to 20 lakh
|Old Innova Diesel Specs||New Innova Crysta Diesel Specs|
|Engine: 2.5 litre||Engine: 2.4 litre (Manual), 2.8 litre (Automatic)|
|Gearbox: 5-speed manual||Gearbox: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic|
|Diesel Manual (Power): 102PS, 200Nm||Diesel Manual (Power): 150PS, 343Nm|
|Diesel Automatic (Power): Not available||Diesel Automatic Power): 174PS, 360Nm|
|Mileage: 9 to 10 kpl||Mileage: Manual 10 kpl, Automatic 11 kpl|
|Seating capacity: 7-seater||Seating capacity: 7-seater|
|Weight*: 2300 kgs||Weight: 2430 kgs (Manual), 2450 kgs (Automatic)|
*The weight mentioned is the gross weight and not the kerb weight.