The Japanese car manufacturer – Toyota Kirloskar Motors Private Limited has a long list of good cars starting from the old Qualis. The Toyota Etios series, selling here since 2010, has been developed on a new platform and has completely new mechanics. The Etios Liva hatchback has it all – an innovative styling, roomy interiors, superior ride comfort and best in class mileage at competitive prices. What it lacked was a bit of flashiness. Toyota realised this and has now come up with the Etios Cross which is indeed a hatchback with SUV features. It is a compact crossover and certainly has more presence than the Liva hatchback.
Etios Cross comes with the same ground clearance and mechanics as Liva. But it now looks much muscularby a bold front grille with grille guard and fog lamps, tough front and rear bumpers, distinctive side cladding with skid plate, sturdy roof rails, diamond cut ten spoke alloy wheels, ORVMs with turn indicators and a rear roof spoiler. This flashy model is available in eight bright colours and is targeted at the new generation car enthusiasts.
Dual tone black and beige colour scheme with a glossy black and silver finish adorns the interiors. Toyota’s true standard is evident in the materials and plastics used. The crossover can comfortably house in 5 passengers and offers a boot capacity of 251 litres. Comfort and safety features include cup holders, bottle holders, accessory power outlets, glove box unit, air conditioning unit, 2 Din music system, an advanced instrument panel, power windows and steering, ABS, dual airbags, central locking, child safety locks, fog lights and rear defogger apart from a strong collision absorbing body.
The Etios Cross is available with three engine options out of which one is an oil burner. The petrol variant of the car is powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, DOHC 1496 cc petrol engine which can produce a maximum power of 89 bhp and a maximum torque of 132 NM. The diesel variant has a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, SOHC D4D 1364 cc engine which can generate a maximum power of 67 bhp and net torque of 170 NM. Both petrol and diesel enginesare mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. The fuel efficiency is around 16 kmpl for the petrol engine and 23 kmpl for the diesel variant.
Toyota Etios Cross variants are available in the price range of Rs 5.7 to Rs 7.4 lakhs approximately. It costs just Rs 30000 to 50000 more than the Liva hatchback. So people who want a stylish vehicle but are not willing to either sacrifice the feasibilities of a small hatchor spend extra money for them can go for the Etios Cross.