Toyota Etios Facelift Overview & Test Drive

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Toyota Etios Overview

The Toyota Etios has gone through yet another update. Since being launched in 2010 this is now the fourth iteration of the car and it looks like this time around, the Japanese automaker has really put its weight behind the vehicle. Despite always being priced a bit higher than its compact sedan rivals due to the extended length, it has been a decent seller in terms of numbers. Now, to keep continuity of volumes Toyota has worked on the strengths of the car to improve them. It gets some major cosmetic updates as well as an upgraded safety suite which has multiple first-in-segment features. But are these update s enough to finally propel this ‘giant among men’ into the big league? Read on to find out…Check for HDFC car loan.

Toyota Etios Exterior & Look

Like we have already mentioned above the facelift Etios sedan which was caught testing was covered in some heavy camouflage. Towards the front bumper the heavy camouflage indicates that the new Etios sedan will get a restyled front bumper, take a closer look and you will be able to notice that front grille looks smaller and gets a huge Toyota logo on top of the smaller four slats. The lower front bumper too looks contoured and most probably will get a redesigned fog lamp inserts. The rest of the front remains identical to the current car which is on sale including the headlamps.

The side profile does not get any camo which tell us that it has not received any changes.But towards the rear profile one can also notice the same camouflage as well which drops a hint that you that you might even notice changes towards the rear bumper as well. There is even a camouflage strip running towards the middle of the boot lid which is there most probably to hide the chrome strip there. While just like the front Toyota will definitely restyle the rear bumper as well.

Toyota Etios Interior & Space

The interiors of the new Etios are undoubtedly a notch above the outgoing one. The earlier version was unusually equipped with instrument binnacle placed on the top of the centre console. It was annoying for many people as they cannot see the information without road distraction. Though the new one also gets the same unit, they now feature semi-digital combi-meter display for the convenience of the driver. The car gets new black-ivory colour scheme while the styling of the rest of the dashboard remains identical to the outgoing version. The large windows and the beige upholstery inside makes the cabin looks bigger and roomier.

The sedan is a proper 5-seater and the legroom is amongst the best you can have under Rs. 10 lakh car. The seats are large and comfortable while one will also notice the alteration in the texture of the seat fabric. However, the use of rough plastic, especially the bottom of the dashboard seems to be really out of place. The carmaker has added a central armrest for more comfort. But, the addition of features such as automatic climate control, multi-information display and rear ac vents would have really boosted its image among the class.

Among the plus points of the car, ingress and outgress is amazing while the height adjust functionality and tilt-adjustable steering making the driving position more comfortable. The storage space is also abundant with plenty of cubby holes and bottle holders across the cabin. The infotainment system is still limited to the 2-Din audio system with Bluetooth and USB which is again a disadvantage given the budget cars are also coming up with touchscreen units. For more info on Toyota Etios  check Oksociety

Toyota Etios Engine & Transmission

The Platinum Etios can be had with a 1.5-litre petrol or a 1.4-litre diesel. Both are four cylinder units and the former produces 88bhp/132Nm while the latter is good for 67bhp/170Nm. Both are only offered with a five-speed manual.

We got our hands on the more popular diesel model which uses the same engine from the more expensive Corolla Altis albeit in a lower state of tune. Firstly, it’s a noisy engine this and the clatter is quite audible in the cabin even in heavy t raffic. It has a lower torque figure than most of its contemporaries and has gained some weight over the outgoing model in view of the new safety standards but this has not really affected its performance. Toyota has worked to spread out the same and has given it an excellent mid-range which allows for ease of movement at low speeds as well as out on the highway. You can cruise at 100kmph at just 2000rpm while pottering around in traffic in third gear works just fine. It has an ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 23.59kmpl. They have also addressed the issue of the clutch action by making it lighter than the one in the outgoing model.

Toyota Etios Driving Dynamics

The company claims that it has worked upon the shock absorbers. While the ride quality is undoubtedly very good but isn’t different as compared to the earlier version. However, as the suspension has been tuned, one can expect a slight slandering into the corners.The car never feels less composed and remains stable regardless of the road conditions. The steering also feels nice and comfortable to operate.

Toyota Etios Braking & Safety

The performance of ABS+EBD brakes is confident and performs just as expected. One of the biggest talking points of the car in this version is the updates in the safety department. The sedan now comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, keyless entry and driver seat belt warning as standard features. Move on to the top variants and you also get front fog lamps and reverse parking sensors. The carmaker has also reinforced the chassis so that it could perform better in case of crash. And this can be seen in the fact that Etios got 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP crash test.

Toyota Etios Cost in Ahmedabad

Toyota Etios On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 8,52,507 to 9,71,798 for variants Etios VX Platinum Edition and Etios VXD Platinum Edition respectively. Toyota Etios is available in 2 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Etios price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Round Up

The updates will help the Etios sedan to survive in the Indian market for the next few years keeping the tough competition in mind. The Toyota Etios sedan may not be as popular as the Maruti Swift Dzire or the few other recently launched compact notchbacks but the Etios sedan surely provides a lot at this price point and we are sure the facelift variant too will bring some new surprises with it.

Currently, Toyota Platinum Etios is available in three different variants such as GX, V and VX. Its base trim GX is available at the price tag of Rs. 6.8 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.9 lakh for the diesel variant. The mid-range model V is tagged at Rs. 7.09 lakh and Rs. 8.19 lakh for the petrol and diesel trims respectively. The range-topping VX variant is offered at the price tag of Rs. 7.69 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 8.79 lakh for the diesel trim, all priced ex-showroom, Delhi.For price details on Toyota Etios check AutoZhop.

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