50% of Innova Crysta buyers opt for the automatic
Autoboxes have gained popularity and a big example of that is the new Innova Crysta as Toyota has attributed 50 percent of the MPVs sales to the automatic variant.
Automatic transmissions were nothing short of taboo until the recent past. With the presumptions associated with their efficiency, maintenance and cost, most buyers opt for manual transmissions. However, the traffic situation in India has been getting increasingly congested, making constant clutch operation all the more cumbersome.
As a result, autoboxes have gained popularity and a big example of that is the new Innova Crysta as Toyota has attributed 50 percent of the MPVs sales to the automatic variant.
In conversation with the Financial Express, N Raja, senior vice-president & director of marketing & sales, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, highlighted the transmission trend change and added that 95 percent of the Innova Crysta’s buyers are private owners and not fleet operators.
While the previous generation Innova was only available with a manual gearbox, the new model is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well. At launch, it came paired exclusively with a 2.8-litre diesel engine that makes 174PS of power and 360Nm of torque. However, Toyota recently launched the petrol-powered 2.7-litre Innova Crysta and this engine can also be had with an automatic gearbox.
Apart from the obvious benefits of a two-pedal car, the Crysta does have a heavy steering which needs some effort to use in city traffic. The manual version also has a long clutch travel, making the AT more desirable.