Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited has been constantly rolling out refreshes for the Etios sedan and Liva hatchback, two cars that haven’t performed up to the expectations of the Japanese automaker, especially in terms of sales performance. The Etios and Liva get yet another refresh for this festive season. In terms of cosmetics on the outside, both the Etios and Liva get new front grille designs. On the inside, the steering gets a leather wrap, the door arm rests get a new fabric insert and the gear lever housing sees a chrome embellishment. Adjustable wing mirrors and rear parking sensors are prominent feature additions.
Rear speakers have now been added, taking the total number of speakers to 6 in number. New seat fabric and a warning beeper for unlocked door, unfastened seat belts and headlamps that aren’t switched off round off the new features on the Etios and Liva. In terms of safety features, the Etios and Liva are said to gain a driver airbag across variants, with top-end models getting twin airbags as standard. ABS and EBD are standard on the top-end Etios and Liva cars. Mechanically, the refreshed Etios twins remain unchanged.
1.2 liter (79 Bhp-104 Nm) and 1.5 liter petrol (89 Bhp-132 Nm), and 1.4 liter turbo diesel (69 Bhp-170 Nm) engines are available on the Liva, while the Etios makes do with the 1.5 liter petrol and 1.4 liter turbo diesel mills. All engines use 5 speed manual gearboxes. The diesel engine is the pick of the lot, with minimal turbo lag and high fuel efficiency. The Etios and Liva have their fair share of strengths. Both cars are relatively inexpensive to buy, spacious, frugal and come with affordable maintenance costs. However, a dated design and cut-price finish rules the roost, leading to Brand Toyota seeing a degrade from premium to low-rent in India.
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