In a very low key affair Toyota launched the Etios Cross, a compact crossover hatchback based on their Etios Liva in India. Unveiled during the Auto Expo in Delhi in India and already on sale in Brazil, the car has so far got mixed reactions from people.
The crossover aims to have the versatility and ruggedness of a SUV and yet have the nimbleness, fuel efficiency and ease of driving like that of a conventional hatchback.
The Etios Cross has a new front grille which thankfully is not overladen with chrome but has a satin finish (Yes I am one of the few Indians who do not like chrome). The indicators move away from the conventional position in the headlamp cluster to the fog lamps unit. The dual tone rear roof spoiler looks nice and the car is wrapped around in cladding all around the car.
The silver satin finish panels thankfully add the much needed relief to the boring look. The diamond cut alloys are a nice addition as well.
Once you step in to the car it looks pretty much like the Etios Liva, reminding the customers very well that what they have bought is just a modified Liva hatch! But yes, the black themed interiors do look nice. Strange looking air con vents, centrally mounted instrumentation cluster, 2 DIN audio system with Bluetooth telephone, and steering mounted audio controls are all carried over from the Liva. The front seats get an Etios Cross logo as a much needed differentiation reference. And yes, the silly centrally mounted instrument cluster is also carried over!
Etios Cross Engines
The Etios Cross is available in three engine options mated with five speed manual transmissions:
- 1.2L petrol producing 80PS of power and 104Nm of torque.
- 1.5L petrol producing 90PS of power and 132Nm of torque.
- 1.4L diesel producing 68PS of power and 170Nm of torque.
Etios Cross Variants & Prices:
Toyota is offering Etios Cross in 4 variants:
- G (1.2L petrol engine) Rs 5,76,000
- GD (1.4L diesel engine) Rs 6,90,432
- V (1.5L petrol engine) Rs 7,35,000
- VD (1.4L diesel engine) Rs 7,40,640
Etios Cross Colours:
Etios Cross is available in seven colour options:
- Ultramarine Blue,
- Classic Grey,
- Symphony Silver,
- Celestial Black,
- Vermilion Red,
- Harmony Beige
Etios Cross Brochure:
Click on the following pic to open Etios Cross Brochure in PDF.
Safety features includes dual front airbags, ABS and EBD. Toyota has lost a significant amount of market share in the past few months due to the labour strike in its factories, and they must be hoping for a turnaround with Etios Cross but seriously we do not feel this car will do any good to their sales charts…It looks boring without any touch of real crossover traits.