Crossovers are slowly gaining more and more popularity in urban suburbs, going by public demand and what major car manufacturers are offering. And now most of the car manufacturers are simply converting their hatchbacks into crossovers just by adding some stylish elements here and there. Toyota Motors also followed this trend and it brought out a compact crossover named the New Toyota Etios Cross, based on its Etios Liva hatchback. Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi, Etios Cross is essentially a compact crossover, yet it offers all the utility and sensibleness of a hatchback. Or in other words, the Etios Cross is a hatchback blended with SUV features.
Toyota has actually stacked up the Liva hatchback with a couple of accessories and has called the new car as a crossover. However, we have to say that the crossover does look trendier than the Liva, all credits to its diamond-cut alloy wheels, extra front bumper, skid plates, plastic side mouldings and ‘Cross’ badges. Etios Cross has an overall rugged look which might appeal to the younger generation more than the Liva.
Etios Cross gets a glossy piano black finish which looks much better than the boring interiors of the Liva. The Cross gets new seat fabrics and a restyled dash board as well. 5 adults can sit in comfortably and a luggage up to 251 litres can be piled in. Practical utilities offered in the new car include cup/ bottle holders, accessory power outlets, glove box unit, AC unit, 2-Din music system and an advanced instrument panel. Toyota has also blessed the car with many up-to-date safety features like ABS, dual airbags, central locking, keyless entry, immobilizer, seat belt and door ajar warning, child safety locks, fog lights and rear defogger.
There are absolutely no changes in the powertrains and driving dynamics of the new car from the original Liva, except that the Etios Cross is a heavier car. 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 engines are mated to a five speed gear box with manual transmission and dual clutch type. The car is expected to deliver a mileage of around 16 to 17 kmpl for the petrol engines and 23 kmpl for the diesel variant. The ride and handling on all types of roads are pretty good.
The many variants of the Toyota Etios Cross are seen in the price range of Rs 6 to Rs 7 lakhs approximately, which is Rs 30000 to 50000 more than the Liva hatchback.
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