The Toyota Innova moniker has been one of the best-selling MPVs in the country since its launch in 2004. The Innova sold over 5,000 units a month for over 10 years and became a fleet owners' backbone for its business as well as a practical family car which was affordable, reliable and reasonably fuel efficient for its segment. In its second generation, the Innova Crysta which is based on the Japanese carmaker's TNGA platform continues to deliver impressive sales. In just a year of its launch, the MPV has sold over 75,000 units. To commemorate the success of the Toyota Innova Crysta, the company introduced the Innova Touring Sport version of the MPV. Based on the Innova Crysta in terms of mechanicals, the Touring Sport is offered at a premium of Rs 75,000 over the standard version and features only some cosmetic tweaks. So, should you buy an Innova Touring Sport over the Innova Crysta ZX or VX? Here is a break-up of what is available in the new version of the Toyota Innova model.
The first change on the exterior is the availability of a new colour option, Wildfire Red along with the existing White Pearl Crystal Shine. Other colour options, which include Garnet Red, Avant-Garde Bronze, Grey, Silver and Super White are not available in the Innova Touring Sport. Other changes over the standard model of the Innova Crysta are a blackened out front air dam unit with a chrome outline for the front grille, dark grey coloured front and rear bumper lip as well as side skirts along with silver inserts along with new 16-inch black coloured alloy wheels. The Innova Crysta's higher versions are offered with 17-inch alloy wheels. Apart from this, there are no changes on the exterior in terms of design or detailing.
Move inside the MPV and that is where most of the changes lie. The seating is stitched with a red colour and the instrument cluster has a red background illumination to accentuate a sporty appeal. The standard version has a blue backlit illumination. The faux wood in the Touring Sport version is also red and present only on the dashboard and the interior has an all-black theme compared to the Innova Crysta's tan/grey scheme. Silver inserts are present throughout the cabin of both cars, but the door panels on the Innova Touring Sport edition gets an all black treatment unlike the Innova Crysta which gets the tan/grey treatment.
Coming to the powertrain, the Innova Crysta and the Innova Touring Sport are offered with a 2.7-litre petrol engine, a 2.4-litre diesel motor and a 2.8-litre diesel unit. The petrol engine generates 164 hp of power at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The smaller capacity diesel engine, a 2.4 litre engine, produces 148 hp of power and 343 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 2,800 rpm. The larger diesel engine churns out 172 hp of power at 3,400 rpm and 360 Nm of torque between 1,200 rpm and 3,400 rpm. Like the standard Innova Crysta model, the Touring Sport versions' 2.4 litre diesel engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 2.8 litre diesel unit is offered only with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol engine option is available with a 5-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic. In terms of features, all models of the Toyota Innova Touring Sport are available with an automatic climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system with steering mounted audio, phone as well as cruise control functions. These features are also available in the ZX and VX trims of the Innova Crysta depending on the version. Safety equipment on the Touring Sport is the same as that of the Crysta variants as well with 7 airbags on the top-end trim and 3 airbags for the lower version. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), Electronic Stability Programme and Hill hold assist are also available in the Innova Crysta and the Innova Crysta Touring Sport edition.
So, should you buy one? The Innova Touring Sport edition is a sportier version of the standard Innova Crysta, albeit restricted only to cosmetic changes. If you are looking for a sportier looking version of the Innova Crysta and are willing to shell out the extra Rs 75,000, there would be no need of getting any aftermarket additions to the MPV risking the warranty of the vehicle. That said, if a sporty looking design is not your priority, you could save on the extra premium and buy the Innova Crysta ZX or VX trim.