Toyota Kirloskar Motor has launched the new Etios Cross in India on 7th of May. This is the latest member of the Etios family and seems to have taken the responsibility of making a positive change. It is not unknown that the very capable Etios sedan has not been a great hit in India, and Toyota’s attempt to impress the audience with its hatchback version has also failed. The Etios and the Etios Liva hatchback possess everything that make a car good and efficient. They have proficient engines, spacious and up-market cabins, class-leading features and low price tag. And yet these cars really never clicked in India. The primary reasons behind this are increasing competition and rather bland design language.
In order to break free from these holding shackles, Toyota has brought the rather brawny Etios Cross. The Japanese car major has played its cards very well with its very trendy, attractive and sporty design update that has actually transformed the very same Liva into the new attractive Etios Cross. Launched in the not so popular cross hatchback segment, its only competition is the Volkswagen Cross Polo which is not a big success. So, does the Etios Cross have the potential to be a success despite being in an unpopular segment? Let us take a look.
The first and foremost positive fact about the Toyota Etios Cross is its tough yet attractive design language. Toyota has taken the stylish but subdued looking Liva and gave it a complete makeover to turn it into a muscular hunk, though not actually making it any bulkier. The car gets all round matte finished black and silver plastic body cladding, bolder front grille, spoiler, skid plates, prominent roof rails, blackened B-pillar, 15-inch dual tone diamond cut alloy wheels, rear windscreen defogger with wiper and ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. With all these new exterior features, the car really looks dashing and it gets a look that will surely make people look back at it.
Toyota has done an equally good job on the inside as well. The classy and elegant Piano black theme spruces up the entire redesign that offers seats with ‘Etios Cross’ logo, 2 DIN audio system, premium leather-wrapped power steering wheel with mounted on audio controls. The entire cabin also feels much more premium. It is as good and very spacious as the Liva but with an added up-market feel.
The Etios Cross also gets great safety features including twin front airbags, ABS with EBD and Toyota’s patent collision absorbing body. It also gets superior anti-corrosion steel sheets at the rust prone areas, anti-chip coating and under-body treatment to keep the car bold and flashy even after years of usage.
The Etios Cross has three engine options of a 1.2 liter petrol, 1.5 liter petrol and 1.4 liter diesel engine.
Etios Cross with a starting tag of Rs. 5.76 lakhs is definitely a very charming member of the Etios family and is a superb offering from Toyota, which should be a success.
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