Toyota recently unveiled an update for the Etios and Liva twins in the Brazilian market. The same is expected to launch in the Indian market on the 13th of September. The Etios twins are low cost vehicles that have been developed keeping developing markets in focus.
So what’s new?
The Etios twins were never the best to look at. Their main USP was the fact that they were extremely spacious and were very reliable, like every Toyota. With this facelift, Toyota wants to address the looks department. Up front, the headlamps remain unchanged, however the rest of it is all new. The grill is now larger and has a lot more chrome, something the Indian customer likes.
The bumper has been given a much more aggressive look with the black accents and the large air vent which now looks a lot better. At the back, the hatch doesn’t have much change. The bumper has received a minor redesign. The sedan has a new chrome strip at the back now. From the pictures, it is also evident that the top of the line variant will come with rear parking sensors.
On the inside, the instrument cluster continues to be centrally placed. The dash has received a minor redesign in the Brazilian market with a new stereo system and a steering borrowed from the Corolla. It is not clear if this will make it to India or not.
Under the hood, the same engines are expected. The petrol Etios is the 1.5 liter unit making 88 Bhp and 132 Nm. The diesel on the other hand is a smaller 1.4 liter unit which does duty on the Corolla as well. It makes 67 Bhp and 170 Nm. The Liva on the other had gets a 1.2 liter petrol making 79 Bhp and 104 Nm. The diesel engine is the same. as the sedan. Neither the hatchback nor the sedan currently have an automatic option and come with only a 5 speed manual gearbox.