Toyota is planning to launch the diesel version of the Etios sedan in September 2011. A Toyota spokesperson didn’t officially commit to the launch date, but clarified plans to launch the diesel Etios are very much on track. Other CarToq sources indicate that the launch will be in the last week of September.
The diesel Etios will most likely be powered by the 1.4-litre motor that already powers the Toyota Corolla Altis diesel. But, there would be mechanical changes such as inclusion of a Fixed Geometry Turbo in the Etios-bound engine to keep the production costs lower and price it competitively. Presently, the 1.4-litre engine in the Altis produces 89 bhp of maximum power and 205 Nm of maximum torque. Also read: Toyota Etios owner review
This engine is slightly underpowered for the Corolla Altis (when compared to rivals such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Skoda Laura). But the same engine could do wonders when installed in the lighter (900 kg kerb weight) Etios sedan. We expect power to be detuned to about 78 bhp with about 190 Nm of torque. The car will most likely come with a 5-speed manual transmission.
We also expect the mileage of the Etios diesel to be more than 21 kmpl as the company claims a mileage of 21.43 kmpl for the bigger Corolla Altis. The power-to-weight ratio, which has to be taken into account for the car’s on-road performance, will be at par with its rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Manza. Read our Toyota Etios first drive story here.
The Etios is a budget sedan that is easy to drive and great on space. With the present diesel rush in the Indian market, the diesel Etios would definitely appeal a lot more to buyers and would pose serious competition to the Maruti Dzire, Mahindra Verito (Earlier Logan) and the Tata Manza. If Toyota prices the Etios diesel competitively and manages to cut down on waiting periods for the car, the Etios diesel and Etios petrol together could soon catch up with the sales figures of the Dzire.
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