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Toyota Innova Crysta review, road test

After 11 years, Toyota has finally launched the all-new Innova and taken it even more upmarket. We find out if it’s worth the extra premium.

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Arguably the most successful Indian passenger vehicle of the 21st century, the Innova has crushed all competition to stay the unchallenged king of the MPV segment for over a decade. And despite several price hikes during its decade-long rule, its fan following has only grown. Why it commands such incredible loyalty is obvious. There’s simply no other MPV that’s quite as good. And that was the biggest challenge for Toyota’s engineers when they set about the task of developing the all-new Innova – how do you improve on something that is so well-loved?

No surprise, Toyota hasn’t tampered with the winning formula. Unlike the old Innova, which was radically different from the Qualisit replaced, the new Innova Crysta, as it’s officially called, doesn’t stray from the script. What Toyota has done is upped the luxury quotient substantially in the Crysta by smartening up the design, making it better to drive and dramatically sprucing up the interiors. The Innova is no longer as utilitarian as before and now, Toyota has positioned it as more of a luxury MPV than a functional people carrier. But how far does your money go and is it worth the extra premium? That’s exactly what we find out after this exhaustive road test.

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The Crysta comes 11 years after the original Innova.
Feels as heavy as a tank, but is equally solid and reliable.
Classy mix of black, dark wood and tan. Dashboard stylistically ‘opens’ up to reveal instrumentation.
Powered front seats are comfortable and large with decent side bolstering.
Comfortable upright. Reclined, armrest moves upward, back gets pushed outward.
Third-row seats are easy to access. Small amount of recline also possible.
With third row up, boot storage still possible. Handy space for head restraint.
Two diesels, both more powerful and efficient than older engines.
4-dot LEDs stylish and distinct from other typical strip-LED units.
Crysta gets distinctive split L-shaped tail-light units.
16- and 17-inch rims on Crysta larger than older Innova’s 15-inch rims.
Rear glass house kink is the most striking element on the side.
Trip computer displays fuel used in litres and rupees too.
Infotainment unit’s home screen display is customisable.
Handles integrated in the door pad mould with tan-coloured felt lining that is nice to touch.
Lounge-like ambience with roof-mounted mood lighting laid out in arcs. Both front and rear get intensity adjustment.
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