We took a Toyota Innova Crysta for a road trip from Mumbai to coastal Dapoli, with the entire Motoroids team in tow, because we can. We started our journey from Mumbai early one morning, aiming to steer clear of the traffic that would be building up soon. Before that, I took a minute to soak in the appearance of India’s most popular people mover.
The MPV isn’t particularly handsome, but it does have a great road presence. The front end makes quite a statement with its serpentine trails of chrome and those impossibly long headlamps. Unfortunately, the rest of the vehicle’s design comes off as a bit lackluster, with its vast swathes of sheet metal.
We got on the road, and straightaway, the luxurious interiors struck a chord with us. The tan leather upholstery looks like a million bucks, and the shards of wood give off a distinctly posh vibe. Of course, things were a bit special because our car was the top-spec 2.8 Z variant.
First-timers inside the Innova Crysta were swept off their feet, considering their expectations had been numbed down by the utilitarian interiors of the outgoing model that had probably shunted them for some forgettable airport run.
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