- Toyota not keen to update Etios & Etios Liva to BS 6 norms.
- Toyota is worried about the high costs involved in the upgradation.
- Toyota Etios & Etios Liva were launched ten years back at the 2010 Auto Expo.
Toyota India will discontinue the Etios Liva and Etios sedan before April 2020 in the country, reports Autocar India. The company is not in the favor of upgrading the duo to BS 6 emission levels and new safety regulations due to higher investment costs involved.
The Japanese automaker feels that the high money involved in the updating process of Etios and Liva will make them highly unaffordable to buyers.
Toyota Etios family was firstly launched nearly a decade back at the 2010 Auto Expo in the Indian market. The company sold a total of 4.44 lakh units of the hatch and the sedan in these ten years.
The buyers preferred the diesel variants of the duo as over 63 percent of the hatchbacks retailed were diesel while more than 70 percent of the sedans belonged to the diesel fuel trim. But the company is of the view that updating the old 1.4L D-4D diesel workhorse would turn out to be an expensive task and hence the surge in the overall pricing of the Etios sedan and Liva hatch will throw them out of the competition.
Although, updating the petrol powerplants won't cost the company much but it alone won't be able to keep the Etios and Etios Liva alive in the market for long as both the models don't qualify for the pedestrian protection norms, which will come into effect from October 2020.
So, basically, with the ousting of Toyota Etios Liva and Etios, the Glanza (re-badged Maruti Baleno) will be the Japanese carmaker's new entry-level offering in the Indian market. Being priced at Rs 6.98 Lakhs, Toyota Glanza had a decent outing with over 14,000 units sold since its launch in June 2019 in the country.