Toyota launched the facelift of their budget cars – Etios and Etios Liva in India. Both the car receive similar updates. Prices of Etios Liva start Rs. 5.24 lakh while the Etios Platinum starts Rs. 6.43 lakh. Notably, the facelift version of the cars will not be sold for commercial usage or fleet owners. The new vehicles will be strictly sold to the private customers.
What has changed?
Both the cars now get a redesigned front grille, a new bumper, and less amount of chrome. The facelift versions of the cars look more premium now. From the side, though, everything remains the same. The rear of the cars gets a new bumper, a new chrome thick chrome strip for added premium feel.
On the inside, the car gets a new combination of color in form of grey-ivory. The layout of the dashboard remains same, though. The instrument cluster is still in the center but the cluster has been updated with a digital tachometer and a speedometer. The steering is now leather-wrapped and gets a flat bottom shape. The steering mounted controls can be used to take control of the 2DIN music system. Space remains the same with the new Etios Platinum and Liva.
Toyota has worked on increasing the comfort of the occupants with thicker seat base. The cabin is also said to be 7 percent quieter than the older models. In the top-end variant, both the cars now get electrically adjustable outside mirror, all four power windows, rear armrest and foldable rear seat for additional cargo.
Has it become safer?
The facelift Etios Platinum and Liva get dual-airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child-seat mounts as standard across the variants. Toyota Etios has scored 4-stars in the crash tests. Interestingly, the standard feature will become mandatory in India in coming few years.
The facelift models have been powered by the same engines. There is 1.2-litre petrol that makes 79 BHP, 1.5-litre that makes 88 BHP and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that produces 67 BHP of maximum power.