With no doubt, its a Toyota's bread n butter model. Innova has got increasingly expensive over the years and the top-variants cost almost 2 million rupees on the road in Mumbai. Still, it had no effect on sales. In 2015, the last full year of production, the outgoing Innova sold 60,529 units! What makes the country swear by the Innova? Surely the all-rounded nature of the product, including the space, sorted road manners and quality. Then, there's also the sheer durability. We have seen innumerable examples running reliably with 3 - 4 lakh km on the odometer. My Innova has covered 1.9 lakh km and is still a daily driver! My brother is only willing to replace it with - you guessed it - another Innova. That's the kind of brand value we are talking about; owners swear by the car.
Obviously, a key market for the Innova Crysta will be the existing pool of Innova owners. After all, there's no other MPV they can 'upgrade' to, irrespective of whether it's a private owner or commercial. With over 7 lakh sold, it's a good base for the Innova Crysta to start on.
Walk up to the Innova and the first thing you'll notice is its sheer presence. The Innova Crysta looks a lot more substantial than the outgoing car. While the size gives it street cred, the new styling is also a contributor. The face does look imposing and is very similar to the Toyota Highlander SUV (related link). It is surely sharp & contemporary, although unappealing to my conservative tastes. I prefer cleaner designs. The 'bearded look' from the lower grille is what takes it away. Nevertheless, the design is a blockbuster hit with the masses. Most people who encountered the Innova Crysta during our review drive loved it. Those big headlamps (with projectors & LEDs), dual-chrome grille & massive lower air-dam grab eyeballs. Move over to the side and there's no escaping the MPV body style. It may be bigger, contemporary and more dressed up, but it is still a van and looks just like one. The front overhang is quite ungainly when you view the vehicle from the side. Take your eyes to the sharply cut rear quarter glass and you'll witness a rare moment when Toyota prioritized form over function. The Innova Crysta's rear is clean, with the only unique detailing being the vertical turn indicators. After seeing them in person, I actually loved them and think that the vertical blinkers are a sweet design touch.
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