Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol A.T Drive Review


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Toyota Innova Crysta has been launched in Indian Market in MAY-2016.​


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The all new Toyota Innova Crysta had been shown at the Auto Expo this year in February and after that in MAY-2016, the diesel model with 2 engine options i.e 2.4L and 2.8L was launched at Ex-Showroom Price of Rs. 13.83 Lacs. Since the diesel engine beyond 2000cc was facing ban till recently in Delhi-NCR so Toyota rolled out petrol variant of the Innova Crysta with a 2.7L engine priced at Ex-Showroom Rs. 13.72 Lacs.

For the First Impression & Variant Wise Videos of Innova Crysta click here
 
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The Iconic Innova: A Decade plus Journey!​


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In a market like India where pricing plays a significant role after the Fuel Efficiency, Toyota took up the task of introducing Innova in the early 2000's i.e around 2004-05 by replacing their popular family MPV Qualis. Even today, those who know the worth of Qualis, have retained it. So, once Innova was introduced in the Indian market, the MPV segment got a new life and it led to a revolution of sorts by becoming the preferred choice of the buyers back then and got referred as 'Big Daddy of Indian MPV Segment'. Seeing the popularity of the Innova, many brands tried to compete with their similar products but neither they could succeed nor could they surpass the popularity of Innova. Innova ever since the launch has seen many facelifts but what still the surprising fact is, no matter how the exteriors of Innova evolved with time, still, the reliability and comfort remained intact and unmatched. Due to it's reliability, Innova is preferred by commercial as well as personal buyers. The present gen Innova Crysta too lives up to its legendary lineage. The new Toyota Innova Crysta is offered with the following specs and variants as below:

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External Design of new Toyota Innova Crysta.​


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The all new Innova Crysta was as I mentioned show in the auto expo 2016. This Innova Crysta looks way more smart than it's earlier avatars to me personally. Over the years Innova went in for a lot of changes to it's exteriors. But as a teenager in it's first look, the Innova looked quite simple and easy on the eyes. Now, in the present generation of Innova Crysta, Toyota has attempted to re-affirm the faith of people in their design language. Now before I write about the exterior design of Innova Crysta, just let me remind you all of some previous generations of Innova which we have seen in India.

Earlier Generations Toyota Innova​


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Now with reference to the above earlier generation Innovas, In comparison, with the current tastes and expectations, Toyota made a humble attempt to provide us with the Innova Crysta. The new Crysta has a bold looking persona and a unmistakable road presence. This characteristic is still maintained from earlier generations. Talking of the front profile of Innova Crysta, The front has a big and bold twin slat chrome accented radiator grill and the lower half of the front profile has blacked out air dam too. The neatly done front radiator grill with Black air dam gives the Innova Crysta a refreshing and bold look. Toyota this time has made sure to control the use Chrome which is indeed a welcome move. Moving ahead, the Crysta comes with big swept back projector headlamps. The front headlamps have been given an entirely new design from earlier generations and they too complement the front muscular persona of Crysta. Another thing worth noticing is that the turn markers are located in the lower part of the bumper along with the fog lamps. This is actually something unique in today's time. The neatly creased out hood provides it a aggressive stance and complements the entire profile very well. In the front you will not find any untoward and half hearted curves and bulge. In my view, it is a beautifully done design.

Moving to the side profile of Innova Crysta: The side looks of Crysta, speaks volumes about the neatness. The simple and well laid out profile give the sober appearance to it. There are no sharp lines extending from rear quarters to the doors or fenders. It is simple and elegant. From all the other generation Innova, this one looks sharp from side. The redesigned rear quarter glass complements the side profile and gives much better view to the 3rd row passengers. A contemporary but simple looking MPV from the side.

The Rear Profile of Innova Crysta: This one has the best looking rear profile in my view. The 1st one and subsequent ones looked really boring from rear. The rear profile of Crysta boasts of re-designed bumper, boot door and inverted tail lamps. The side markers in the rear lights face downwards which I believe is taken from the future design language of other Toyota SUVs. The tail lamps extend upto the boot door as the reversing lights are housed in the extensions. Unlike many other MPVs from rivals and even other generations of Innova, the Crysta does not have a chrome mustache as standard. This makes the rear profile pleasing to the eyes and gives it a subtle look. The boot door design too is well crafted but one thing is there, the boot door is not light in weight. So, overall, for the exteriors, The Innova Crysta is justifiably beautiful. And of all the 6 colors, the Innova Crysta looks most beautiful in Garnet Red shade.

A walk around video of Toyota Innova Crysta​
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Important External Features of Innova Crysta.

Front and Rear Door Opening Width

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The Chrome Stripe running below front and rear windows

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The door insulation used is of good quality and properly fixed

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The missing rear wheel arc cladding in top variant

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Roof Mounted Rear Spoiler with the brake light

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Rear Mounted Shark-fin antenna

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Rear Windscreen wiper

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Rear Bumper with integrated parking sensors

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Chrome Door Handles in Top Variant

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Front and Rear Quarter Glasses. The rear one gives much better visibility to passengers & front one helps to eliminate blind spot

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New Design front Radiator Grill with chrome accents and Black multi-slate air dam.

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Ground Clearance

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Position of Spare Wheel. Also Notice the rear tow hook

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Front Wheel Arc Cladding

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Minimal panel gaps in front and rear doors and the respective quarter panels

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ORVMs with integrated side markers and chrome cover in top variant

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Swept back headlamps

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Fog Lamp and indicator lamp integrated in lower part of front bumper

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Black color plastic cover used in lower trim to cover fog lamp provision

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Front tow hooks

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Reversing Camera placed over rear number plate along with boot latch and number plate lights

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Neat Placement of Exhaust

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Note the sheer length of the Innova Crysta[:D]

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The curve of new design headlamps extends beyond the hood crease on both corners

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Proper rubber roof lining on both corners to give aesthetic appeal and hide welding joints.

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Good Quality front wipers with neatly placed washers and the plastic panel in wiper console is also nicely fixed.

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The flap below front bumpers helps in avoiding drag, pebbles et al

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The Diesel & Petrol Variants have their fuel caps attached to fuel-tank flaps. There is warning sticker too on petrol fuel tank indicating "No Diesel Use".

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Rear windshield comes with defogger in top variant.

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Nicely designed monograms

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External and Internal lights of Innova Crysta

Innova Crysta has big headlamps with LED projectors for the low beam and halogen bulbs for the high beam. The headlamps looks quite elegant when projector and halogens are lit up together.

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Coming to tail lamps, The Innova Crysta has inverted tail-lamps with the indicators facing downwards. Toyota is providing normal bulbs in tail lamps which I felt is a slight cost cutting because much lesser priced cars like Brezza comes with LED stripe in tail lights.

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This is how the external lamps look when lit up. The tail light indicator, ORVM side marker, front indicator.

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In-cabin roof lamps

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Front overhead dual-bulb cabin lamp console with integrated sun-glass holder.

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In-cabin Blue ambient light in the roof

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Puddle lamp & it's switch

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Boot Lamp

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Interiors of Toyota Innova Crysta.​


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After being impressed by the External Features and Design of Innova Crysta, It is time to tell about the interiors of it. Innova Crysta is offered with 2 seating options i.e 7 and 8 seater (Including Driver). Also, there are captain seats with armrests in the 2nd row. In all, there are 3 rows of seating. The interiors of Innova Crysta do look well designed and the cabin has been ergonomically well laid out. The interiors in the first look exude luxury and opulence for which Innova is referred often by buyers. If I speak of the space then there indeed is a slight compromise in it. In the 3rd row specially, I felt in comparison to older Innova(s), this one is slightly tight in this respect. Moving ahead, there are ample storage spaces in the Innova Crysta which shall help to avoid clutter of glasses and bottles inside. Also, the cooled glove box is a good feature as Innova often is driven on long trips and in every season. So during summers this will be a boon. The seats are comfortable too and if I speak of the upholstery then there is fabric and leather options available. Toyota has paid attention to small but significant aspects like isofix and provision of seat belt even for middle passenger of 3rd row. The cabin has 3 rows of Air conditioning so that all passengers enjoy the ride in comfort. The infotainment unit is a 7inch multi media touchscreen with navigation enabled. Toyota has tried possibly their best to give the buyers a sort of club class experience just like we get in some of the premium airlines. The seat back tray-tables and glass holders and many such significant provisions in the cabin ensure that the passengers won't be left desiring for more. The important interior features and the seating of Innova Crysta is illustrated in following posts!
 
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The 3 Row Seating Comfort and Ease of Egress & Ingress​


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I have always maintained that any feature which is being provided by the OEM should be useful and usable for the buyer. Having sat in many of the '7-seater' SUVs and MPVs, it was really a tough call to make with regards to deciding that which of the offered '7 seaters' genuinely quality to be called so. Coming to Innova Crysta, the seats in all 3 rows are broad and offer ample comfort to both medium built person and even a heavy built one like me. I cannot complain upon the egress and ingress either since to come in and come out from 1st 2 rows is quite easy though same I believe can't be said for 3rd row even though the 2nd row seat folds easily with a slight touch of a lever on it's side still it can be tough for many to enter the rear seats. Comparing the cabin fit & finish and the appeal to the earlier generations of Innova, I feel Crysta has taken the benchmark higher by quite a few notches and it's actually now "Premium MPV" with oodles of style to show both in interiors and exterior. I would also like to highlight here that many of the rivals in the segment rolled out 'VFM' chrome loaded competitors of Innova but the fact is none of them can actually withstand the gigantic persona of Innova Crysta. Coming to the legroom which is an essential expectation as well as the requirement for the buyers in this segment, Innova Crysta, has good amount of legroom. I say that because I have traveled in this car for about 5 kms as passenger in rear seat. With 6Ft 1 in height, I was pleasantly surprised to experience the legroom it offers. My knees were comfortable and weren't touching front seat and yes even with the tray table open I could comfortably sit in. Now let me talk about a medium built person, I took my uncle with me to check out the Crysta. I told him to sit in both 2nd and 3rd row and as you may see, he is comfortably siting in the 2nd row and about the 3rd row, if both seats of 2nd row are upright then there can be a slight space crunch for the passenger but if they are folded then there isn't any issue. As the Crysta is offering the captain seats, so to me, the seating comfort was unparalleled as both seats offer individual armrests as well just like a plane's seat. As I am a heavy built as well as tall guy so Innova Crysta actually did not disappoint me in terms of under-thigh support and backrest support. There is enough cushioning done to the seats that shall add to the seating comfort in long trips and well bolstered backrest gives nice support specially over rough patches on road. A testament to the seating comfort of Innova Crysta is that even after a 40 km drive yesterday (both as passenger and driver), I did not have any back pain or felt need to stretch myself. It was not a tiring experience. A small but important feature I would mention here and i.e the adjustable headrest in all 3 rows in top variant. You may adjust or completely remove them as you want. Another significant aspect is the headroom, as I am 6ft 1, to me the headroom looked just about OK. It is also because the 2nd row seats are a bit high in position. Anyone who is beyond my height will have a slightly tough time in terms of headroom due low stance of the roof line in between 2nd and 3rd row. Also, for tall passengers the 3rd row AC unit might be a itch. A tad better headroom would have done a decent job in my view. So in all, I am satisfied with the seating but would definitely suggest you to buy foot pads for both sides if you have elderly people in the house who need assistance to get in or come out of the car.
 
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Important Interior Features of Innova Crysta

The dual barrel speedo console with the MID is neatly laid out with the MID displaying outside temperature, FM info, gear shift indicator, distance traveled, door open indicator et al.

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Automatic Climate Control AC in top variant and the automatic controls for rear AC in top variant. The small square in the rear controls of AC displays the temperature for rear passenger.

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Push Button Start-Stop in top variant

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Steering mounted controls in top variant and the cruise control

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Wiper and Headlamp levers. The finishing is quite good and plastic quality looks good

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Child safety lock

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The dashboard layout of Innova Crysta

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8-Way Driver's seat is electrically adjustable

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Power window switch panel housing the window switches, all window lock switch, door lock-unlock button, ORVM adjuster and ORVM fold-unfold button

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Seat Back folding tray table. It can hold weight max upto 10 Kg.

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Seat Back Pocket

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Front center arm-rest

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Isofix provided for infants

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Tether support also given

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Provision of seat belt for middle passenger in 3rd row

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Rear Seats layout. Note the low transmission hump enables better seating comfort for passengers

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Leather wrapped 3 spoke steering wheel with telephony and other mounted controls brushed aluminum accents and wooden garnish

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The dashboard mounted clock. This looks a cost cutting in my view. There can be a better placement/alternate of this time piece.

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Door pad finishing is done nicely and they also have wooden garnish on them.

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Cooled Glove box and Can holder provided in the front.

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Hood and Fuel Flap opener & Parking sensor button

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Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirror for passenger and driver

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Driver's Knee Airbag. A nice move by Toyota to have given it in Indian spec Innova Crysta. Much needed in today's time where cars are failing the safety tests

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The front center arm-rest is wrapped in leather and has open-able flap, houses couple of storage pockets, a charging point and USB Plug

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Position of Tweeter and Speaker in the cabin of the Car

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Drive Modes button and Passenger Airbag On/Off button

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Front passenger seat back-rest adjustment lever

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Ample knee room for tall rear passenger in 2nd row

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2nd row passenger seat levers. The lower handle can be used by the 2nd row passenger for adjusting the backrest and the upper one can be used by 3rd row passenger to fold the seat forward when they want to come out of the car

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Dashboard is also wrapped in leather which gives a luxurious and plush feel to the cabin. It also gets a wooden garnish on it

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In-Cabin roof mounted hand-grips. 2nd row grip have coat hooks too

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All 3 rows have seat belts for the passengers. The front 3 Point ELR seat belts are equipped with pretensioner and are height adjustable. The rear seat belts are also 3 Point ELR type

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3rd row adjustable headrest

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Roof mounted rear AC Vent

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