Toyota should discontinue the Etios Liva and bring in the Yaris?

Toyota is in the car business for decades now and in India it is quite well established but still there are a few segments where the Japanese have got work to do. Toyota brought in the Etios twins in Indian car market years ago and since then the twins aren’t meeting the expectations of the company. Toyota Etios Liva, which is a hatchback little brother of the Etios sedan, has been sold in very few numbers across the country. And now, with the competition in the market reaching sky limits, Toyota has to do something about it. Perhaps, it should bring in the Toyota Yaris which could be a better replacement for the Etios Liva.

Toyota EtiosLiva in Red

Toyota Etios Liva

The Etios Liva looks exactly the same as the Etios sedan, which means that it has got the same prosaic look which did not exactly attract many buyers. It looks superannuated. There are many other hot hatchbacks available in the country today, which not only looks much better than the Etios Liva but also provides a lot more features. The Etios Liva is available in 2 engine options:  a 1.2L petrol engine and a 1.3L diesel engine. Both these engines are mated to a manual gearbox. The Etios Liva also did not have a lot to talk about the interiors. It is decent but the unusual placement of the instrument cluster, in the middle of the dashboard, simply makes it look cranky. The Etios Cross is much better than the Liva in most of the aspects.

2015 Toyota Yaris facelift Europe

2015 Toyota Yaris facelift Europe

Toyota should observe the response and feedback which they’re getting about the Etios Liva. Time has changed and we think that the company should launch in the Toyota Yaris. We favour for the Yaris because it has many features which the Etios Liva lacked. Starting with the looks of the car. The Yaris looks much more modern, confident and energetic. The nicely sculpted headlamps with the placement of the DRLs and a thin strip of LEDs looks fantastic. The chrome work at the front, which is a plain line, is nicely mated to the headlamps. The new designed front grille is also refreshing. The front bumper has got nice pits for the neat fog lamps. At the rear end of the Yaris we find a small spoiler protruding out from the roof of the car which increases the sportiness of it. The tail lamps are also very thoughtfully designed and matches the entire design philosophy of the car.

If we look at the engine options, the Yaris, which is being sold in the other markets, is currently available in 3 engine options: a 1.0L and 1.3L petrol engine and a 1.4L diesel engine. The performance of the car is great. Perhaps, Toyota would have to do some minor tweaks in order to make it compatible for the Indian conditions and demand.

Toyota is lagging behind in the hatchback segment of the Indian car market. We think that if Toyota launches the Yaris in India, it could really boost up the sales and bring in more smiles to us as well as to the Japanese!

This post was written by

Pavan Kumar – who has written posts on Toyota Cars India | New Toyota Car | Latest Toyota cars.
I am into the auto blogs field for quite a long time. Living my passion of reviewing cars.

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