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.
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.