With the Hyundai launching its Elite i20 recently and the Suzuki about to launch the revamped Swift soon, the hatchback segment in India is getting all fired up. It seems like the Toyota too, has decided to join the league, with its Etios Liva hatchback and the Etios sedan spied in the face-lifted avatar recently. Both the cars will be launched on the 15th October with some minor changes to the exteriors and some major changes for the interiors.
Toyota Etios, both in the hatchback and the sedan version, was never a good looking car, and the recent changes have not helped the looks either. The front of the Sedan now looks more or less like the Corolla with lots of chrome added to the fascia. As for the Hatch, the Liva will not get much of the chrome on the front as opposed to the sedan version, but will get a new fascia, which we feel, looks identical to the Puegeot's front. The side and rear profile do not get any changes and continues with the same boxy design. As for the rear, both the cars will get the factory fitted basic reverse parking sensors.
On the inside, the most noticeable change is the new beige-brown dashboard with some wood inlays at the interior panels. Another change that both the cars will get is the chrome induced gear lever, while the steering wheel is now wrapped in the leather. Electrically adjustable ORVMs are an added feature in both the cars, now.
No mechanical changes have been made on the Liva and it will continue to draw power from a 1199cc petrol engine that churns out 80 PS of power and 104 Nm of torque. The diesel variants get a 1364cc engine that gives out 68 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. As for the sedan, it also continues to draw power from the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine options, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
One good thing is that Toyota has made the driver side airbag standard across the entire Etios and Etios Liva range. This move is definitely set to standard high for other car manufacturers to provide the safety features as standard and not option. On the pricing front, both the cars are expected to charge a premium over the existing prices for all the features added.
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