Safer than before
While the top-spec Innova sold abroad gets up to eight airbags, it remains to be seen if Toyota brings that to India or not. Having said that, all versions will get ABS, brake assist, and airbags as standard. The Innova Crysta recently scored 4 out 5 stars in ASEAN NCAP crash test.
More importantly features like hill assist and stability control will make the Innova safer than before.
Apart from a touchscreen infotainment system (with smartphone-mirroring tech in some markets), cruise control, and new LED projector headlamps, the Innova also gets a colour MID — something confined to premium cars alone. Adding to the vehicle’s comfort is the presence of captain seats in the second row and a one-touch mechanism for folding the seats, for added practicality.
The Innova Crysta retains the hydraulic power-assisted steering as before, which means it feels more connected on the move. And given the outgoing Innova is easy to drive despite its size, it can be argued that a lighter steering would have been way too vague. Hence keeping the hydraulic steering makes all the right sense, doesn’t it?
And a petrol engine
With the diesel ban in place, it becomes all the more likely for carmakers to offer petrol engined variants of their popular vehicles. The Innova Crysta too is expected to get a petrol engine: a 2-liter unit that makes 139 PS and 183 Nm of maximum torque. While the company is yet to confirm the Innova Crysta’s specs for the Indian market, it was earlier reported that TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motors) was looking at re-introducing a petrol version.
More expensive than before
With every substantial upgrade, Toyota has increased the prices (and of course the features) in the segment. So like how the Innova was a big upgrade from the Qualis, expect to shell out some extra cash for the Innova Crysta.
Having said that, pricing will be crucial, as the company has stopped production of the outgoing Innova. Hence the same vehicle will cater to both fleet operators and personal buyers. So, Toyota can get away with the expected 10 per cent price hike.