This is the history of a car in which you might have travelled once in your lifetime. If not yet you will travel in it for sure since it is a well-known fact that a Toyota outruns its owners. Yes, I am talking about none other than the Toyota Innova. A car known for its reliability and for the name it has earned in the past two decades.

The Original History

Innova was first produced in Indonesia in 2004 under Toyota-Astra Motors, replacing the Toyota Kijang. The first name which was given to the Innova in Indonesia was Toyota Kijang-Innova. Now you would wonder what the hell is Kijang. Well, it is none other than our beloved Qualis, in the Indonesian market Qualis is known as Kijang. Yes, in 2005 Innova replaced Toyota Qualis in India.

The Toyota Innova has got three Generations in total:

  1. Toyota Innova,
  2. Toyota Innova Crysta,
  3. Toyota Innova Hycross.

1. Toyota Innova

The first generation of Innova was launched in 2005. Initially, Innova was launched with two engine options a 2.0L VVT-i Petrol which delivered 134ph(136PS), and a 2.5L diesel which produced 101hp(103PS). Both were offered with 5-speed Manual gearbox. Though the diesel engine offered less power as compared to the petrol engine. Still, the diesel-powered Innova sold in Large numbers, serving as

2005 Innova

The first-generation Innova saw a number of facelifts throughout its life:

The 2009 Facelift

Toyota rolled out the first facelift of the Innova in 2009. This facelift got some exterior cosmetic changes with the addition of an intercooler. Exterior changes include front and rear bumper upgrades, a freshly mapped-out grille, and a newly designed headlamp and tail lamp.

2009 Innova

In 2009 Toyota also launched a CNG version of Innova which came with the regular 2.0L petrol engine.

Toyota also launched a limited edition of Innova in 2011 with some body graphics, wooden inserts in the centre console, new alloy wheels, and leather seat covers, which was named Innova Crysta.

The 2012 Facelift

The second facelift to the Innova was launched in 2012. It had some major changes in the exterior and interior as well. The exterior changes include new front and rear bumpers, new headlamp and taillamp, and new alloys. Changes in the interior include a newly designed steering wheel with mounted controls for audio and climate control.

2012 Innova

The 2013 Facelift

This was the third and final update to the first-generation Innova. In this update, it got some changes in the bumpers and a bigger grille. The features include a new touchscreen infotainment system and a reverse parking camera. However, the engine and the transmission remained the same.

2013 Innova

2. Toyota Innova Crysta

Finally, it was 2016 and the time to bid farewell to the first-generation Innova and welcome its second-generation i.e., Innova Crysta. It was showcased at the AUTO EXPO in February 2016. Production of the old Innova was stopped in march 2016. In fact, Toyota India also had a farewell ceremony at its plant to bid farefell to the ionic Innova.

In May 2016 the Crysta was launched with a price ranging from Rs13.84L – Rs20.78L. For sure it was way much more expensive than its predecessor but it had a lot to offer. As a matter of fact, the Innova Crysta shared only 5% of its parts from its parent. It was a whole new car nothing was like the old Innova except for its name and yah its reliability as well. The Innova Crysta got totally changed inside out, it got bigger In dimensions, with a new luxurious interior, with tremendous features that nobody heard of in the older Innova. From the safety perspective, it was safer than the older Innova and started to come with the 7 airbags which were never seen previously. It also scored 4 stars on the Asian NCAP crash test.

2016 Innova Crysta

Engine Options

The Innova Crysta was initially offered two engine options and both were diesel engines. One was 2.4L which produced 150PS of power and 343Nm of torque. The second one was a 2.8L which delivered 174PS of power and 360Nm of great torque. After some time Toyota offered a petrol engine which was a 2.7L that produced 166PS of power and 245Nm of torque it came with two transmission options a 6-speed Auto and a 5-speed Manual, with prices ranging from Rs13.73 – 19.62L but being an Indian market petrol powered Innova wasn’t successful.

Sales Figure

Innova Crysta was an instant hit for Toyota as it was selling in large numbers, in fact, it used to have a waiting period of more than 3-5 months. Basically, it retained the sales legacy of its forefathers and with Innova Crysta, the sales numbers of Innova grew by more than 27%.

Some special Editions

Toyota also launched some special editions of Crysta, in 2017 a special edition of Innova was launched which was named Innova Crysta Touring Sport, it was nothing but a cosmetically enhanced version of the regular Innova, the colors offered were just red and white. The Interior of the car was made all black with red inserts and it found many buyers to it. The engines offered were a 2.8L diesel, a 2.4L diesel, and a 2.7L petrol.

Innova Touring Sport

To celebrate 15 years of Innova in March 2019, Toyota India launched a special variant of Innova as Innova G+, it wasn’t any facelift, it was just an addition to the pre-existing trims of Innova. It was placed between G and Gx variants it was made available with two seat configurations the 7-seater and 8-seater options. It was only available in a 2.4L diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission.

The 2020 Facelift

After four years, Innova Crysta got facelifted in November 2020. This facelift got major changes on the outside such as a newly crafted larger grille surrounded with chrome, a new front bumper, new headlights with chrome surround, new diamond cut alloy wheels, etc. However, the rear was pretty much unchanged. The Interior got feature updates like apple carplay and android auto, 12V power outlets, electronic folding ORVMs, ambient Lightning, TFT MID, rear seat table, etc.

2020 Innova Crysta

3. Toyota Innova Hycross

The next or the third generation of the Toyota Innova has been launched in the Indian Subcontinent on 28 of December 2022. Price of the same starts at Rs18.30L – Rs28.97L. It is now a whole new car even its platform has been changed, as earlier it used to come as a ladder-on-frame chassis and now it has been changed to the monocoque chassis type, now it is more like a SUV looking, contrary to what it used to be(an MPV).

Exterior Design

On the exterior, it is more like an SUV-looking design language with a big grille with chrome surrounds, big LED headlamps, bumper got large DRLs which also function as turn indicators. The rear of the Hycross is similar to that of the Tata Hexa to some extent However, it got massive LED tail lights. and is equipped with a roof-mounted spoiler and a black coloured rear bumper.

Innova Hycross

Considering the dimensions, Hycross is 20mm wider and 200mm longer and the wheelbase is 100mm more than the Crysta. However, height and ground clearance remains the same as that of Crysta.

Interior Design

The Interior of the Hycross is entirely different from that of Crysta, it comes equipped with a multi-layered dashboard and a massively floating 10.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The gear knob is neatly placed on the vertically extended dashboard which helps in saving space in the centre console. Hycross is featured with two zoned climate controls one for the front row and another for the second and third-row passengers. Both the middle row seats are powered for reclining function. For sliding purpose, one has to use manual liver only. The third row of the Hycross is no different than its predecessor, the Crysta i.e. very comfortable.

Interior of Innova Hycross

Engine Options

Hycross is offered with two engine options one being petrol and the other being petrol hybrid. The petrol-only variant of the Hycross is powered with 2.0L which produces 172hp and 205Mn of torque and is equipped with a CVT gearbox. The petrol-hybrid variant is also powered by a 2.0L petrol engine and an electric battery pack to power the engine, which delivers 184hp mated with an e-drive transmission.

Sadly, this time Innova has not come with its well-known, fun-to-drive diesel engine and neither did it get the manual transmission.


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