There’s no stopping Toyota Innova Crysta right now as the successor of the original Innova MPV has managed to garner an impressive 6,694 units of sales in May 2016. Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd launched the hugely-anticipated model for the Indian market in the beginning of May with deliveries commenced at the end of second week.
In addition, more than 20,000 bookings have been registered for the second-generation MPV within a fortnight of its launch to underline the brand’s persistent craze among the customers as well as fleet operators. The Innova Crysta entered the domestic space, following the 2016 Auto Expo reveal in February, amidst growing uncertainty over the Delhi-NCR diesel vehicle ban.
Toyota is reported to have endured a loss of 7 per cent in Fortuner and Innova sales due to the upheld order of the restriction by the apex court recently. The ban on registration of diesel cars with 2,000 cc and above capacity was extended to Kerala as well – one of the biggest markets for Innova in India alongside Delhi.
Despite the continuous setbacks, the resilient Innova Crysta has been on a dominant spree with the deliveries taking a time from two months and up to four months. We spent a day with the all-new Innova Crysta in Goa and were impressed by it.
Although Toyota stated the ban as “worst advertisement of India”, it is continuously in talks with the Indian government to have an alternative. Consequently, Toyota could push for a possible introduction of the 2.7-litre petrol motor sooner than expected – with some reports claiming a launch as early as this festival season.
At the front, it features a new frameless dual-slat chrome grille housed in the hexagonal radiator, sleeker LED projector headlamps, wider bonnet, the signature Toyota badge in the middle, quirky shoulder lines, newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels, prominent wheel arches, etc.
It is built on a new body-on-frame structure and measures about 4,735 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width, 1,795 mm in height and 2,750 mm in wheelbase. Therefore, it’s now 150 mm longer, 35 mm taller and 65 mm wider with identical wheelbase as the original model.
Mechanically, the Innova Crysta comprises of a 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV BSIV compliant diesel motor with variable nozzle turbocharger, low friction timing chains and intercooler. The four-cylinder, inline, DOHC, 16V, common rail engine 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 mill is the 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV DOHC 16V motor pumping 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 mated with a new six-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shifts.