Recently the test mule of the next generation Toyota Innova Crysta has been spotted testing in India. Given the fact that the current-generation Crysta went on sale in 2016, the time is opportune for Toyota to come up with the upgraded version of the MPV. Toyota has confirmed with us that a new hybrid model is coming on 25’th November.
The model spotted testing was heavily camouflaged and hence, it is difficult for us to give you the exact details about the changes on the outside and inside. Still, the overall profile and large glass area have been carried over to the next-generation model. The changes which are visible on the test mule include the sleeker LED lamps and new larger alloys for better stance and look of the people mover.
Toyota could probably stuff the new Innova Crysta with more features and equipment. Additions on the cards include the larger touchscreen infotainment system, a suite of connected features, ventilated front seats, and digital instrument clusters among others. There could be some advanced additions too in the form of Driver Assistance Systems which is already on offer on the Toyota Fortuner model that is sold internationally.
In terms of engine options, the current generation Innova Crysta comes with a 2.7-liter, 166PS petrol engine, and a 2.4-liter 150PS diesel motor. Both engine options are paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission with a 6-speed torque converter being offered as an option. These will be carried forward in the future in on the Crysta itself which will continue to be on sale with the Hycross. The new model, however, is set to have petrol hybrid options under the hood with diesel not available at launch and could come later in late 2023. The powertrain could be carried over from the Camry Hybrid with a lot of tuning to the engine and E-CVT to suit the new MPV roll.
The new model could be FWD and be a monocoque chassis-equipped MPV given it has to meet strict emission norms in the future as the Crysta platform is heavy with a ladder on the frame chassis and has a heavy prop shaft for RWD.
The launch is set for arrival in India is expected in 2023. Expect prices to be in the range of Rs 17.3 lakh to Rs 25.32 lakh as Toyota is likely to continue with its premium pricing to cash in on the popularity of people mover.