Toyota launches the refreshed version of the Etios sedan - dubbed Platinum - and Liva hatchback. Updates are mostly cosmetic in nature with the face-lifted models retaining the same engine options as before.
Toyota has given a breath of fresh air to the Etios range as it launched the face-lifted version of the sedan as well as the Liva hatchback. Updates are mainly cosmetic in nature in the new models while the petrol and diesel powertrains remain unchanged from earlier. Prices start at Rs 5.24 lakh and go up to Rs 7.44 lakh for the hatchback while the Etios Platinum is priced between Rs 6.43 lakh and Rs 8.87 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai)
On the outside, the new Etios flaunts a bold front bumper design and a V-shaped grille with a chrome strip running on top. Also note the larger front air dam that gives a touch of aggression to the front. Around the back, the bumper has been redesigned and the tail-lamps have been re-profiled too. Considering that this is a nip-and-tuck job, the overall profile of car remains unchanged. New alloy wheel design will be available on top end variants in order to impart a sportier and more appealing look to the car.
Even on the inside there are limited changes. The centrally mounted instrument cluster now gets new graphics along with a digital tachometer while the steering wheel comes with a leather wrap and multimedia controls. The dashboard design remains unchanged but now sports a dual-tone ivory-black theme. Apart from that the refreshed version gets electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, rear arm-rest and parking sensors.
Powering the new Etios range are the same set of 1.4-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol engines, both paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. The diesel mill is rated at 67bhp and 170Nm whereas the petrol develops 89bhp along with a peak-torque of 132Nm. While the engines are technically unchanged, Toyota insists the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels have been significantly brought down, thanks to added dampening and new hydraulic engine mounts.
Safety net on the new Etios will now include dual-airbags and ABS as standard across all variants – the previous model only had airbags as standard. Last year, the Etios scored a 4 star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests, making it one of the safest cars in the segment.
With the new Etios, Toyota is aiming to woo more private car buyers by offering an upmarket and more attractive package than before. At the moment, a majority of Etios sales come from fleet operators. Having said that, Toyota will continue selling the pre-facelift Etios in base trim for commercial sales.
Below are the prices of all the variants,
Etios Liva Petrol:
STD - Rs 5.24 lakh
DLX - Rs 5.58 lakh
High - Rs 5.73 lakh
Premium - Rs 6.28 lakh
Etios Liva Diesel:
STD - Rs 6.61 lakh
DLX - Rs 6.94 lakh
High - Rs 7.02 lakh
Premium - Rs 7.44 lakh
Etios Platinum Petrol:
STD - Rs 6.43
DLX - Rs 6.83 lakh
High - Rs 7.17 lakh
Premium - Rs 7.74 lakh
Etios Platinum Diesel:
STD - Rs 7.56 lakh
DLX - Rs 7.96 lakh
High - Rs 8.30 lakh
Premium - Rs 8.87 lakh
All prices are indicative of ex-showroom, Mumbai.
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