BS6 Innova Crysta: a high quality, dependable package

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Launched in 2005, the Innova has cemented itself because the king of MPV section over time. In 2016, Toyota upped the ante with the Innova Crysta. The automobile not solely featured new, extra highly effective diesel engines, nevertheless it additionally got here with a 6-speed automated gearbox with the diesel variant.

Now with the transfer to BS6, Toyota has rationalised the Innova Crysta’s line-up. The two.8-litre diesel engine possibility has been discontinued, though the automated gearbox continues troopers on and is paired with the much less highly effective 2.Four diesel mill. So how does it evaluate with the discontinued 2.Eight diesel auto?

To begin with, a have a look at the specs reveals that the two.4-litre diesel, when paired with the guide gearbox, continues to make an equivalent 150hp and 343Nm of torque because the BS4 mannequin. Nonetheless, with the automated gearbox, Toyota has upped the torque to 360Nm — equivalent to that of the bigger 2.8-litre engine — though energy continues to be down by 24hp. Begin the engine, and it feels a bit extra refined at low revs. There’s additionally a wholesome quantity of grunt at low and medium engine speeds. It doesn’t fairly leap ahead immediately just like the outdated 2.8, however continues to be fast to reply. The 6-speed automated is fast to shift gears and responds pretty properly to a kickdown.

Specs

  • Engine 2393cc, 4-cyl, turbo-diesel
  • Max Energy 150hp at 3400rpm
  • Max Torque 360Nm at 1400-2600rpm
  • Gearbox 6-speed torque-converter automated
  • Size (mm) 4735mm
  • Width (mm) 1830mm
  • Top (mm) 1795mm
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2750mm
  • Weight (kg) 1870-1920kg

With its additional torque, the two.Four diesel-auto additionally pulls ahead well on open roads. It has a superb reserve of efficiency, particularly if you wish to overtake at increased speeds. On highways, the Innova doesn’t really feel out of breath both. Nonetheless, it doesn’t fairly push you again into your seat like the two.Eight did; the top-end efficiency is just not the identical both.

A fast dash take a look at on a moist highway revealed a 0-100kph time of 13.23sec for the BS6 mannequin, in comparison with the older mannequin’s 11.46sec. Equally, with in-gear acceleration too, the outdated 2.Eight stays the quicker of the 2. The 6-speed auto gearbox has an ‘S’ mode, which holds on to gears longer, including to the driving expertise on a quicker highway. Tapping the lever up or down from right here prompts a sequential guide mode. As soon as that is achieved, the gearbox gained’t shift up mechanically on the redline.

The Innova Crysta additionally will get emission management units like a selective catalytic discount (SCR) unit and a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The DPF can get clogged if the engine is simply run at low revs, so the Crysta comes with a button that helps clear or ‘regenerate’ it.

Aside from the up to date engine and gearbox, the brand new BS6 Innova Crysta doesn’t actually have any beauty updates. The outside is precisely the identical as earlier than; inside, we get the identical plush seats that include two color choices on the upper variants. The touchscreen infotainment system nonetheless lacks options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In a automobile that prices practically ₹30 lakh on highway, it is a huge miss.

As earlier than, a buyer can select between a 7-seat or an 8-seat structure; the previous is provided with comfy captain’s chairs. The journey high quality on higher-spec fashions with 17-inch wheels is on the bumpy aspect. Additionally, the steering has a little bit of kickback, particularly by potholes.

On the entire, nevertheless, the BS6 Innova 2.4-litre diesel mated to the 6-speed automated gearbox is a top quality, reliable bundle with an total practicality that’s arduous to beat. It’s a bit costly at ₹23.63 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-spec model, nevertheless it additionally enjoys an enviable repute for its mechanical robustness and reliability that only a few vehicles can match.

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