Symphony Silver - Etios Cross
July 1, 2017: With GST kicking in, prices of the Toyota Etios Cross have been revised. Based on pre-GST taxes, the ex-showroom price have been slashed.
Mumbai: The price of the butch hatchback now starts at Rs 6.46 lakh, as opposed to Rs 6.96 lakh pre-GST. That's a difference of Rs 50,000.
Delhi: The price of the butch hatchback now starts at Rs 6.26 lakh, as opposed to Rs 6.59 pre-GST. That's a difference of Rs 33,000.
Do note that prices for insurance are marginally higher, as they are taxed at 18 per cent instead of the earlier 15 per cent.
Toyota's new cross hatchback, the Etios Cross promises to bring some excitement to this long ignored segment
The Toyota Etios Cross is a beefed up version of the Liva hatchback and is targeted at other faux-crossovers or sub-4 metre SUVs like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Tata Nexon and others. First launched in May 2014, the Etios Cross was given a limited-run update in September 2017 with the launch of the X Edition variant. The Etios Cross offers a more rugged, SUV-like design on the dependable platform of the Etios Liva hatchback.
The Etios Cross gets a large matte silver grille/bull bar paired with a silver skid plate to give its face an imposing look. Visual bulk has been added to the car with plastic claddings placed along the car’s length, and matte black bumpers with faux skid plates. A set of matte silver roof rails and ORVM covers, silver side skirt highlights and 15-inch ‘diamond-cut’ alloy wheels complete the macho and sporty styling of the Etios Cross.
The Etios Cross gets an all-black interior to match the sporty exterior design. A piano black dashboard, flat-bottom steering, fabric seats with ‘Etios Cross’ lettering lend the car a sportier appeal than its hatchback twin. But apart from that, the Etios Cross is as good (or bad) as the hatchback.
The Toyota Etios Cross can be had with not two engines, like its siblings, but three! Two petrols and a diesel - all paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The smaller petrol engine is a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder unit and develops 80PS of maximum power and 104Nm of torque and has a claimed mileage of 18.16kmpl. The larger 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol develops 90PS of maximum power and 132Nm of peak torque and has a claimed mileage of 16.78kmpl. The lone 1.4-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine for the Etios Cross develops 68PS of power and 170Nm of torque and returns a claimed 23.59kmpl.
Two variant levels are offered with the diesel engine - G and V. The petrol G variant is powered by the 1.2-litre engine while the petrol V variant is powered by the larger 1.5-litre engine. Prices range from Rs 6.41 lakh to Rs 7.93 lakh for the petrol and from Rs 7.57 lakh to Rs 7.88 lakh for the diesel variants.
Hyundai i20 Active: Hyundai’s take on the faux-SUV hatchback formula, the i20 Active gets body cladding to differentiate it from the Elite i20. Now that the Elite i20 facelift gets the headlights, interior trim and an improved infotainment system, the Active seems old.
Fiat Avventura Urban Cross: Fiat has removed the complicated boot-mounted spare wheel, improved the interior of the Avventura and called it the Urban Cross. Everything else remains the same.
Tata Nexon: Among the best vehicles to roll out of a Tata factory, the Nexon comes very close to acing the compact-SUV game. The funky styling, big 350-litre boot and some segment-firsts like an activity key make it a formidable force in the segment.
Honda WR-V: There’s more to the WR-V than being a Jazz on steroids. While it retains the hatchback’s basics of space and functionality, it brings in the added advantage of a high ground clearance. It also gets a sunroof. Doesn’t everyone want a sunroof in their lives?
The Toyota Etios Cross straddles a price segment where the customer has a lot of choice, and even though this faux-crossover offers a bolder design than its hatchback sibling, it does not have any other feature that sets it apart from everything else. The Etios Cross makes sense to those who are Toyota fan boys and want a SUV-ish-looking car priced under Rs 10 lakh, otherwise there are a lot of other options - SUVs, crossovers, hatchbacks and even sedans too.
A genuinely spacious 5-seat car, it offers lots of storage spaces - a 13-litre cooled glovebox and 251 litres of bootspace! Engine and transmission are tuned for city driving. It gets features like electrically adjustable ORVMs, powerful A/C and steering-mounted multimedia controls. Good all round visibility, comfortable ride and neutral handling are also areas where it scores more brownie points. While safety features include ABS+EBD, dual airbags, three-point seatbelts for all rear passengers offered as standard, the Etios Cross is backed up by a dependable Toyota quality, service network and affordable parts.
The design looks dated, now that the Liva has been given a facelift. No touchscreen infotainment system. Ground clearance and suspension setting remain the same as the hatchback, no additional capability off-road. Cost cutting prevents it from feeling premium. Front seatbelts are not height adjustable, can be difficult to use for shorter drivers. No dead pedal or space to place left foot on longer drives. Powerful engines not on offer, not as fun to drive as it looks.
The Toyota Etios Cross straddles a price segment where the customer has a lot of choice, and even though this faux-crossover offers a bolder design than its hatchback sibling, it does not have any other feature to set it apart from everything else.
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The Cross is the third version in the Etios Liva line-up. We take a look at what it brings to the table
|Delhi||Rs. 6.41 lakh onwards|
|Mumbai||Rs. 6.51 lakh onwards|
|Bangalore||Rs. 6.61 lakh onwards|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 6.53 lakh onwards|
|Chennai||Rs. 6.48 lakh onwards|
|Kolkata||Rs. 6.52 lakh onwards|
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