Toyota Etios Cross Facelift Test Drive & Overview

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

Toyota India has extended its arsenal of products by introducing the all Etios Cross in the Indian auto industry. Basically, nothing more, but a more rugged and sturdy version of company’s existing hatchback Liva; Etios Cross seems to be crossover. The Japanese automajor has incorporated several SUV elements in this crossover to make it rough, striking and swashbuckling. Being offered with petrol and diesel guises, the crossover in-houses three different engines – a 1.2L petrol, a 1.5L petrol and a 1.4L diesel.

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Toyota Etios Cross has been launched with 4 variants – G, V, GD, and VD, where G and V fall in petrol guise while GD and VD represent diesel fuel trims. Although, this segment is pretty new for the Indians and there are not many vehicles available currently but it has got enormous potential. Not only outside but also inside the cabin, the crossover gets some of the flabbergasting comfort and convenience features. Toyota has kept an eye on the fuel economy, especially, as it plays a pivotal role in deciding the fate of a vehicle in India. In all, the crossover is a valiant effort by the auto major and it has something for everyone.

Toyota Etios Cross Look & Style

From the front the Toyota Etios Cross sports a new smiling grill that stretches from light to light that later extends down like a chinese mustache. The lights though similar to the old a elongated on the inner side to match the grill. The new bumper is huge and very sporty and is loaded with a lot of cladding to put on the crossover mask. Beside the silver mustache at the base of the bumper on each side are the fog lamps that looks like two dimples on the cheek. This is something you may find in WRC rally cars. Just the huge spoiler at the back is missing.

The is also a silver cladding at the base like a small goatee on the face. There is a cladding that starts from the front to the side and flows into the rear too. From the side the Toyota Etios Cross is the same except for 3 changes. Now the indicators are on the mirrors and the sharp design is lovely and the other being the new chrome multi spoke alloys adds a sporty feel with sophistication and body cladding for the crossover effect. The side cladding is divided into two parts the fibre at the top and a silver touch at the base.

The rear too is the same but now the entire bumper is fibre and has a silver cladding in the centre. Unfortunately it misses out on sensors like the Etios and Viva. There is a fibre cladding on the bootlid too which houses the ETIOS CROSS badging. The tail lamps are clear and remain unchanged.

Toyota Etios Cross Cabin & Space

Unlike the Etios and the Liva, Toyota has decided to go complete sport than elegance to support the aggressive styling of the Toyota Etios Cross. The dash is still dual tone but a mixture of grey and black, majority of it being black. The layout again is typical Toyota as you find on the other two cars. The 3 spoke steering is the same but now has steering mounted controls. The speedometer and instrument cluster are in the centre of the dash as it has always been with the Toyota Etios Cross. Check for Toyota Etios Cross in 

The handles have a piano black finish as same with the centre infotainment system. The black fabric has replaced the beige seats and is quite sporty. Luckily the centre design on the fabric is better than that found on the Etios and the Liva. All in all these seats are comfortable and does not take much time for the driver to get used too. The rear seating is spacious and the seats are long with good thigh support. Also you can have 3 adults sit comfortably as there is no hum in the centre as most cars do. All three seats get a head rest. Toyota claims best in class boot space with 251 liters but surely has a wider opening to fit luggage in easily.

Toyota Etios Cross Engine & Performance

The Etios Cross is being offered with three engine options, one is the 1.4-litre diesel that produces 67bhp of power and 170Nm of peak torque. The other two engines are the 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol that churns out 79bhp and 89bhp respectively. These are the same engines that have powered the Etios and the Etios TRD.

The diesel is the most frugal amongst the three and has good drivability too. Lug it in to a higher cog and the engine pulls cleanly without any issue. The NVH levels are moderate and there is some amount of diesel clatter on cold starts. This, however, settles down once the engine warms up. Driving in city and highway is a breeze and you don’t have to downshift much. One can easily potter around in city traffic. The diesel engine is extremely fuel-efficient as it returns about 15km/l in city driving. On the highway, it generally tends to return between 18-20km/l.

The 1.5-litre petrol is the quickest of the lot and has no issues when it comes to drivability. The NVH levels are low like any other modern day petrol engines, bearly any noise could be heard. This mill has a wide spread of torque and Toyota has ensured that the driver doesn’t need to shift very often. The power to the weight ratio of the Etios Cross 1.5 makes it quick. This is despite the fact that the 1.5-litre petrol engine produces under 90bhp. The Etios Cross is one of the fuel-efficient petrol engines too, again due to the reduced body weight. We haven’t got our hands on the 1.2-litre petrol, but from our previous experience of this engine, it should be fine to drive. The drivability hasn’t been compromised and as there isn’t much of a difference in weight between the Etios and the Etios Cross, it should be similar. The 1.2-litre engine is available only on the base model (G) and 1.5-litre comes on V, the diesel is available in both the variants.

Toyota Etios Cross Driving Dynamics

The Etios Cross retains the similar ride quality like the Etios, which is pliant and sublime to a good exist. Even on bad pot holed roads the dampeners absorb the harsh road shocks and bumps. The Etios platform has been designed for better ride and that’s what the Etios Cross does too. The ride is good to a great extent and it doesn’t feel undulating at any time.

The handling of the Etios Cross is decent. It has some amount of body roll, but that’s about it. It does handle well when driven within city speed limits and even the steering wheel is light and easy to drive. The Etios Cross has 15-inch tyres, which is why the ground clearance has been increased by a mere 4mm. As a cross we expected the ground clearance to be increased, even the Cross Polo disappointed us with the same aspect.

Toyota Etios Cross Braking & Safety

Toyota India has incorporated a highly efficient and effective braking system in the Etios Cross in which front brakes are ventilated disc brakes while the rear brakes being drum brakes. This braking system works exceptionally well in accordance with the Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The trio, Braking System, ABS, and EBD, together ensure smooth braking and stopping while brakes are being applied suddenly. In order to endure collisions, the top-end variants are blessed with dual front SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger. In terms of security, the compact crossover consists of first-grade features like Immobilizer and Keyless entry. Additionally, the information cluster keep providing several security alerts and warnings regarding driver seat belt, door ajar, parking brake, headlamp on etc. to ensure safe driving. In all, the Etios Cross, despite being a budget-friendly car, features top-notch safety and security features.

Toyota Etios Cross Cost in Pune

Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 7,25,683 to 9,76,991 for variants Etios Cross G and Etios Cross X Edition Petrol respectively. Toyota Etios Cross is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios Cross variants price in Pune. Check for Etios Cross price in Pune at Carzprice.

Toyota Etios Cross Final Word

Toyota was kind enough to give all the engine options. And that has resulted in a wide range as far as efficiency is concern. Toyota still needs to work on features like touch screen, better ground clearance better quality materials for the interiors. As of now everything seems basic and I wonder how long Toyota will ride on the band wagon of reliability.

Toyota Etios Cross doesn’t seem to be a crossover; in fact, it’s the Liva with added features and better interiors. Well, such models haven’t worked out in India before too, going by the dismal performance of Skoda Fabia Scout and Volkswagen Cross Polo. Overseeing it, Toyota Kirloskar Motors (KTM) has played a big gamble in the form of Etios Cross and in order to justify its step and receive optimum response, the company needs to market it aggressively. The price is also bit off, seeing the features available.

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