The most popular premium MPV in the country has gone electric and we compare it with its ICE counterpart.
Toyota Innova Crysta EV concept has been unveiled in the IIMS 2022 (Indonesia International Motor Show) and we compare the specs and design with the diesel version that is sold in India. In India, Innova has been a dominant MPV ever since its launch back in 2005. In the last 17 years, no other product has been able to dethrone it from the top in the segment. There have been other MPVs in the market since then, but they have been on the more affordable side of the spectrum. To strengthen the future proposition, the EV version of the Innova Crysta was showcased at the IIMS 2022. Let us check out the characteristics of the Innova Crysta EV.
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Toyota Innova Crysta EV vs Diesel – Design Comparison
While the overall silhouette and design language of these MPVs remain identical, there are some distinctive elements to ascertain which power source the vehicle uses. The Innova EV features additional blue inserts inside the headlight cluster, on the Toyota brand logo, there are blue graphics running from the front fender all the way back to the rear quarter on both sides establishing the ‘green’ credentials of the car, to further drive the point home, one could find the ‘electric’ and ‘EV’ badges on front fenders as well. The most prominent aspect of an EV is the closed grille upfront as no airflow is needed for the operation.
Apart from that, the design language remains the same with a broad front end, sleek headlamp unit, stylish alloy wheel design, large overhangs, split taillamps connected by the chrome bar, roof-integrated spoiler, etc. The dashboard layout and other bits on the inside remain the same as well. The difference is seen on the instrument cluster which will have dedicated information regarding battery status, powertrain info, range and regenerative brake levels.
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The diesel version of the Innova Crysta comes powered by a 2.4-litre engine that produces a healthy 148 hp and 343 Nm (360 Nm with automatic transmission) of peak power and torque respectively. This engine comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 7-seater MPV is rear-wheel driven.
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The specs of the EV variant of the Innova Crysta have not been released yet. Nevertheless, it could be expected that the focus of the battery pack, in this case, will be on maximising the range instead of offering outstanding performance. This is true if Toyota decides to bring it to our shores. Being a people carrier, the priority with the Innova EV will definitely be the range. With the regular Innova ranging between Rs 17.30 lakh and Rs 25.32 lakh, ex-showroom, the prices of the EV version would be significantly higher. Also, there are no MPVs in the market that are fully electric. Toyota could take advantage of it to establish the Innova EV as the leader in the electric MPV segment when it sees that sufficient infrastructure is there.