Toyota India has launched the Innova Crysta facelift, and gets some fresh updates for the New Year. Prices start at ₹ 16.26 lakh for the base GX variant, while the top-of-the-line ZX model will set you back 24.33 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be available in variants like G, G+, GX, VX and ZX. Prices of the new MPV have increased marginally, with the diesel variants having witnessed a mild bump up in pricing.
Inside and out
The Toyota cars for India receives identical alterations that have been noticed on the Indonesian-spec model that was seen over the internet a month ago. On the new MPV, you will see a bigger grille up-front with a broad chrome surround and additional slats. The headlamp outline remains the same, but now sports chrome extensions on the grille. The bumper up-front has been restructured along with bigger turn signal housings and circular LED fog lights for the top-end models. It also comes in an additional colour: new Sparkling Black Crystal Shine colour.
The front bumper now looks that bit more aggressive with the blacked-out lower half that sports some chrome accents. There, is, however, no skid plate on the Indian model. What's also refreshingly are the 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels that happen to be exclusive to Indian model.
Step in, and you will see that the 2021 Innova Crysta features leather seats on the top variant, while standard equipment includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, coupled with its infotainment system. It also gets its own buttons for volume control and various functions. Front parking sensors feature on the top variants.
Under the hood, the same updated BS6-compliant engines will do duty. The engine options include a 163bhp, 2.7-litre petrol engine and a 2.4-litre diesel engine that makes 147bhp. Both engines come with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The diesel clatter is prominent, and the gearbox, though a bit clunky, is slick. But it is refined and quiet in the city.
On the road
The ride is a bit too firm at low speeds, but it all settles down once you up the pace. Ride quality and comfort remain largely the same. The engine is less energetic than before, and it is best driven in 'Drive' mode. You can press on the 'Power' button if you intend to go faster, but this also results in a lot of engine noise. The diesel automatic model is super smooth on the whole, and that's sure to make long distance driving a pleasure too. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.