Toyota Innova Crysta becomes best-selling UV in India by beating Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The arrival of Toyota’s second generation Innova was not only pivotal for the brand as a whole in improving sales numbers but also for the customers who tend to get acquainted with the original version that became a roaring success. The Japanese manufacturer cleared at the launch that the new generation model is pitted against none but the original benchmark Innova MPV itself.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor said the customers’ inputs had played a big part in making improvements on the new sophisticated people carrier and the world-leading automaker relied on Innova’s own band of buyers as the brand endorsers for the new one. The hugely anticipated model was launched in the domestic market at the beginning of May with deliveries commencing in that month’s second week, following the 2016 Auto Expo reveal in February.
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Within a fortnight of its market presence, Toyota registered more than 20,000 bookings which emphasised the ever-existing craze for the model among regular customers and fleet operators. Despite the persistent setbacks with the diesel ban in Delhi and NCR, Toyota sold a total of 7,259 examples at the closure of May.
The potent Innova Crysta was expected to shakeup the pecking order in June and it did not disappoint. By recording 8,171 units of sales, the new-gen MPV outsmarted some of the big guns from the SUV segment like the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Between Innova and Creta, 471 units were the differentiation while the Brezza was nearly 1,500 down on the Japanese MPV.
Toyota hopes to further build on this as the 2.7-litre petrol variant is expected to be launched soon. The new Innova is 150 mm longer, 35 mm taller and 65 mm wider with identical wheelbase as the first gen model.
It currently gets power from the 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV common rail diesel motor generating a maximum power of 150 PS at 3,400 rpm and 343 Nm of peak torque between 1,400 and 2,800 rpm.
It comes linked with a five-speed manual transmission only and has Eco and Power drive mode options. The other diesel engine is the 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV DOHC 16V motor putting out a massive 174 PS at 3,400 rpm and a peak torque of 360 Nm delivered between 1,200 and 3,400 rpm. It is coupled with a new six-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shifts.