Toyota Kirloskar Motors has been missing from the action for quite a while, especially after the launch of the new Corolla in May this year. Of course, they did launch the Etios Cross and a limited edition of the Innova and also, er, that was all. Though they do have in pipeline a smaller engined Fortuner as well for this year, the company was certainly getting inconspicuous by its absence this festive season. Until now, that is.
The Jap, taking a few cues from the market, has launched the Etios sedan and Liva hatchback facelifts. The new facelifts are minor refreshes and would initially appear as a bid to make a ‘me-too’ impression in the market, but there’s more to this facelift than the usual nip and tuck jobs that we see around the festive season.
New Etios and Liva Prices:
The new Etios Liva is priced at Rs 4.76 lakh to 6.57 lakh for the petrol models and Rs 5.94 lakh to 6.95 lakh for the diesel variants. The new Etios sedan will cost Rs 5.74 lakh to 7.06 lakh for the petrol models and Rs 6.84 lakh to 8.16 lakh for the diesels. All prices are ex-showroom in Delhi.
New Etios Facelift Standard Airbags
The most prominent change in the new cars is the incorporation of dual airbags at the front across all variants of both the hatchback and the sedan – great job there Toyota! We respect you for that!
New Etios & Liva Facelift Features
The top-end variants of the cars get a Double-DIN audio system with steering-mounted controls, wood finish on armrests, cooled glovebox, electrically-adjustable outside rear view mirrors, rear parking sensors, and new 12-spoke alloy wheels.
The mid-level trims now offer new upholstery, new (larger) LCD display with a digital clock, two rear speakers, and a new warning buzzer for driver’s seatbelt, doors, and headlamps. On the outside the redesigned grille will tell you that it’s the facelifted car.
There are no mechanical changes in the new cars and Toyota has retained the same petrol and diesel engines in the facelifts. The Etios sedan petrol is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder motor that puts out 90 PS and 132 Nm. The diesel mill in the sedan is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 68 PS and 170 Nm.
The Liva hatchback shares the diesel powerplant of the sedan and the peak power and torque outputs remain the same. The petrol Liva comes with a smaller 1.2-litre four-cylinder motor that still puts out a healthy 80 PS, and 104 Nm torque. However, there’s also the Liva Sportivo with the sedan’s 1.5-litre petrol engine for people wanting a sporty hatch.
All cars come with Toyota’s standard three-year/one-lakh km warranty.