Toyota has just launched the Etios Platinum Edition in India. The new sedan comes with a range of new features, and a new paint scheme as well. The Etios Platinum Edition gets an exclusive Phantom Brown paint scheme but buyers will also have the option of choosing white and silver paint schemes.
In terms of new features, the Etios Platinum Edition gets twin-tone seats done up in artificial leather, and a new armrest. Then there’s a new 6.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with AM/FM, DVD/CD, USB, AUX, Bluetooth, voice recognition and remote control. This is pretty much it in terms of changes.
Available both in petrol and diesel variants, the Etios Platinum Edition starts from Rs. 9 lakhs for the petrol model and Rs. 10.36 lakhs for the diesel model. Twin airbags and ABS are common across all variants of the Etios. We expect Toyota to launch a similar variant of the Liva hatchback as well. Toyota will not launch a new generation models of the Etios and Liva once these cars get phased out sometime in 2020.
The petrol powered Etios gets a 1.5 liter engine with 90 PS of peak power generated at 5,600 rpm and 132 Nm of peak torque generated at 3,000 rpm. This engine loves to be revved and nicely complements the car’s light weight. Though the Etios may not look like a sporty car, it can really be given the beans and there’s a lot of fun to be had.
On the other hand, the turbocharged diesel, with its 1.4 liter capacity and 67 Bhp-170 Nm outputs, is also fun but in a different way. While the diesel does not rev as fast as the petrol, it’s all about torque and a lot of it low down the rpm range. This really helps while city driving as the Etios Diesel’s turbo takes no time to spool, offering a lot of torque right of idle. High driveability is a different kind of fun. Don’t believe us? Ask a cabbie.