With a lot of automakers now turning their attention to hatchback turned crossovers, the Indian car market is seeing a number of new such launches. Toyota Motor Corporation is one of those automakers and it has brought out a crossover named Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback, which is based on its Liva hatchback. The Etios Cross, which was originally unveiled in Brazil, made its first appearance in India at the 2014 Auto Expo, New Delhi.
Toyota has made the crossover by adding plastic cladding all over the body, silver skid plate, integrated bumper guard, repositioned fog lamps, ORVMs with turn indicators, roof rails and new 10 spoke alloy wheels onto its Liva hatchback. All these changes now make the car look very rugged and sporty, which in turn make it more appealing among the modern generation of car lovers.
The Etios Cross holds a more up-market interior as well. The cabin gets a dual tone black and beige colour scheme with a glossy black and silver finish. Toyota has taken care to use good quality upholstery, knobs, door handles and other plastics. The crossover also gets leather wrapped and multifunction steering and manually height adjustable seats. 5 adults can sit in easily and they can be assured of ample knee room and head space.
An integrated CD player with USB and Aux-in, 12v power outlet and an AC with heater and air filter add to the comfort. Clever storage spaces are found throughout the cabin like cup holders, bottle holders, door and seat pockets and a glove box unit in addition to a boot space of 251 litres. A strong collision absorbing body, ABS, dual airbags, central locking, keyless entry, immobilizer, seat belt and door ajar warning, child safety locks, fog lights and rear defogger are the standard safety features offered.
The Etios Cross is available with three engine options – a 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 79 bhp and 89 bhp of power respectively and a 1.4-litre diesel unit giving out 67 bhp of power. Both petrol and diesel engine are mated to a 5-speed gear box with manual transmission and dual clutch type. The car delivers a mileage of around 16 to 17 kmpl for the petrol engines and 23.59 for the diesel engine. An efficient braking system coupled with ABS and EBD does their job fairly well.
Toyota has launched the Etios Cross in four variants priced in a range of Rs 6.23 to Rs 7.72 lakhs. The price is slightly high considering the features offered. Moreover there are criticisms that the Etios Cross is not a new car, but just a beefed up Liva. But yes, with better styling and interiors and added features, it certainly has an edge over the Liva.