The Toyota Etios Cross – a crossover styled hatchback version of the Liva – was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. With revised body work replete with plastic bits, the car looks like a garish version of the Liva done up in the bylanes of Karol Bagh or Opera House. Nonetheless, the Etios Cross is Toyota’s next major product launch for India. The car will bow in during May, along with the 2014 all-new Corolla Altis sedan.
Bookings of the Etios Cross are already on at Toyota dealerships across the nation. While prices of the crossover styled hatchback will be announced at the time of the official launch, unofficial estimates put the price of the car at about 50,000 rupees higher than the equivalent version of the Liva. For now, here’s the official video of the Etios Cross in action.
The Etios Cross will be available with two petrol and one turbo diesel engine options. The naturally aspirated petrol motor will be the 1.2 liter (79 Bhp-104 Nm) and the 1.5 liter (89 Bhp-134 Nm) units while the turbocharged diesel engine will be the 1.4 D-4D unit that outputs 67 Bhp-170 Nm. All engines will get 5 speed manual gearboxes and will power the front wheels of the car. The additional features on the Etios Cross in terms of exterior and interior modifications are as follows:
- Revised alloy wheels
- Chrome garnish for the headlamps
- Grille and bumper inserts
- 8 colours
- Body cladding
- Roof rails
- Piano black dashboard finish
- Revised seat fabric
The Etios Cross has already been launched in South American car markets with the 1.5 liter petrol engine. In India, the car will square off against the likes of the Volkswagen Cross Polo and the upcoming Fiat Avventura, two other crossover styled hatchbacks. The Etios Cross represents Toyota’s latest attempt to prop up sales of the Liva hatchback, which has been a slow seller by Toyota’s lofty standards.