New Toyota Etios Review
- Nov 7, 2014
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Toyota Kirloskar Motor, subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant, has launched the facelifted versions of the Etios Liva and Etios at Rs 5.24 lakh and Rs 6.43 lakh (both ex-showroom, Mumbai) respectively. Christened as the Etios Platinum and Liva Platinum, both the cars have been launched with cosmetic and well as some mechanical updates.
Talking about the exteriors, the 2016 versions of the Etios siblings get an updated front fascia. The front is now sportier thanks to the large air dams on either side. The grille is V-shaped with chrome accents while the fog lamps have been incorporated in the housing of the air dams. Moving to the profile, everything is pretty much the same, while at the rear Toyota has slightly tweaked the tail lamps, re-sculpted the bumper and added chrome accents to complete the fresh look. Other updates include the new alloy wheel design and addition of electrically folding OVRMS.
Inside, Toyota has updated the Etios series with an updated instrument console and improved seat design with new covers. A rear centre armrest has also been added as a part of the facelift. The most noticeable update made by Toyota are the safety features of the models. ABS is now standard across all the variants of both the models. The company has also equipped the rear seats with ISOFIX mounting points for improved child safety and reinforced the cars against side impacts.
Under the hood, both the cars continue to be powered by the same engine that are used in the current models. For the petrol variant, the Etios come with the 1.5-litre engine that produces 90PS of power and 132Nm of peak torque, while the Liva is powered by the 1.2-litre motor that produces 80PS of power and 104Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant shared by both models is powered by the 1.4-litre mill that produces 68PS of power and 170Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties for both model and their variants are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. On the mechanical front, Toyota has upgraded the engine mountings from rubber to hydraulic to absorb the jerks more effectively. Also, the company has adjusted the suspension a bit while, for the diesel variants, the clutch has been tweaked to make it easier to operate.
In its segment, the facelifted version the Etios sedan competes against the likes of the Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala while the Liva, on the other hand, faces competition from the Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Nissan Micra.Recommended Variant : Platinum Etios V