The second-generation Toyota Innova Crysta first went on sale in India back in 2016. Up until that point, the Innova hadn’t received its now common ‘Crysta’ tag. For future-proofing purposes, the Japanese auto major has now given the Innova a facelift and launched it in Indonesia as the 2021 iteration of the MPV. The Kijang Innova, as it is known in Indonesia, will be headed to India next year as the 2021 Toyota Innova Crysta. However, don’t expect any major changes as this will just be a facelift – the Innova Crysta was all-new for 2016. While it may not be radically different from the outgoing model, Toyota won’t have any problems selling thousands of these. Ever since it was introduced in the Indian market, the Innova has led the way for other MPVs to then follow. However, few have tasted success the way the Toyota Innova has.
So, what changes has Toyota carried out in its facelift process of the new Innova Crysta? To begin with, the front fascia has been given some noticeable styling updates. The trapezoidal grille is larger (and more aggressive) than before and now comes with five horizontal slats plus a wider chrome surround. The design of the front bumper has been tweaked as well. It now features a deeper lower apron with integrated fog lamps, a faux silver skid plate, and vertically-arranged turn indicators that get their own black triangular housing. The headlamps have also now been upgraded to LED projector units. The facelift hasn’t altered the side profile of the new Innova Crysta in any major way. However, you do get a new design for the diamond-cut 16-inch alloy wheels which are now finished in dual-tone paint.
The rear of the Toyota Innova Crysta facelift doesn’t get nearly as many distinguishing modifications like the front. The only things here that will remind you that this is a new model, include the slightly redesigned bumper and a black hexagonal piece of trim on the tailgate. And that is about it, apparently. Of course, nothing is set in stone, and the India-spec model might have more (or fewer) styling tweaks over the Indonesian one. Generally speaking, the 2021 Toyota Innova Crysta retains its overall form-factor and proportions. And no matter how significant this facelift might be, there is no getting away from the fact that the Innova is still an MPV. Of course, that hasn’t really stopped people from flocking to the showrooms. In a country that loves large high-riding vehicles, the Toyota Innova does have a respectable amount of presence on the road in India.
The facelift effect in the cabin of the 2021 Toyota Innova Crysta has brought it up to speed, so to speak. Much of what you see in the interior of the outgoing model seems to be repeated here as well. However, Toyota has introduced a new and upgraded 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which now supports Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. The Innova Crysta facelift also comes with a built-in air purifier which should come in handy if someone breaks wind. This feature will also be helpful when you are driving through really polluted areas, by the way. Other niceties include a revised gauge cluster, faux wood inserts on the dashboard and door pads for that “premium” feel, and upgraded upholstery finished in an all-black scheme. Otherwise, the rest of the interior looks pretty similar to the outgoing model.
Toyota’s build quality and fit-and-finish have never been problematic, and that still holds true. Having said that, there are hard plastic bits dotted throughout this cabin, though none are really offensive. There is a reason why so many people buy an Innova, and that has to do with the practicality and space in this cabin. Depending on your requirements, you can have the Toyota Innova Crysta in seven- or eight-seat configurations – the former being equipped with ‘captain’ seats. The equipment catalogue of the new Innova Crysta is quite appreciable, too. It includes stuff such as keyless entry with push-button ignition, automatic headlamps and windshield wipers, electrically-operated driver’s seat, automatic climate control with rear blowers, cruise control, ambient LED lighting, and a rear-seat entertainment system to name a few.
On the safety front, the upcoming Toyota Innova Crysta facelift will get Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist (HAS), 7 airbags, and parking sensors with a rearview camera. Under the hood, the Indonesian-spec model of the Innova Crysta is available with two engines – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel. The former makes 137hp with 183Nm of torque, while the oil burner produces 147hp and 360Nm of twist. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. The outgoing model in India is already BS6 compliant. Speaking of, expect the India-spec Toyota Innova Crysta facelift to soldier on with the same powertrain options currently on sale. Therefore, you will get to choose between a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol or 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. They will be offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.