Even as the NGT diesel ban threatened the new Toyota Innova Crysta’s prospects, the vastly improved new-gen MPV has proved to be a massive hit among premium car buyers.
Despite being significantly more expensive than its predecessor, the people carrier has registered over 50,000 bookings in just six months since launch.This huge success of the Innova has reflected in the company’s November 2016 sales figures, which have increased by 10% over Nov 2015. In Nov 2016, Toyota India sold 12,593 units, as against 10,278 units sold in same month last year.
Luxurious interior, more equipment, and an overhauled exterior design struck a chord with the audience. The overwhelming response has lead to a longer waiting period. According to N Raja, TKM’s Senior VP and Director of Sales & Marketing, the MPV’s current waiting period stands at 2-4 months depending on the location and variant. Interestingly, the top-end 2.8L automatic emerged as the most popular variant.
The Innova Crysta which is based on the second generation IMV (International Multipurpose Vehicle) platform is powered by the 154 PS 2.4-litre diesel and 177 PS 2.8-litre diesel engines. The former is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while the latter is available exclusively with a 6-speed AT. Toyota is also gearing up to introduce a new 2.7-litre petrol variant in India later this year.
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The Toyota Innova Crysta doesn’t really have a direct rival in that price segment. The premium products, especially SUVs, that are priced in the INR 15-20 lakhs bracket are the perceived rivals. The latest Toyota ranges between INR 13.83 lakhs to INR 20.77 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).