Toyota Etios Cross – A dressed up hatchback
There is a market for hatchbacks dressed to imitate crossovers. Now Toyota has joined in the fray with its new Etios Cross. But is just a hatchback dressed for the occasion? Let’s find out.
Like the Cross Polo and the Fabia Scout, the Etios Cross is based on a hatchback, the Etios Liva hatchback. Its underpinnings are therefore the same as the Liva and have the same wheel base, ground clearance, and turning radius as the Liva hatch.
The puffed up suit gives it some visual bulk in the form of the beefed up bumpers, skid plates, bull bar, roof railings and claddings on the door and wheel arches. The headlights have additional reflective extensions that connect them to the bull bar. The front turn blinkers have moved out from the headlamps and into the bumper and sit on top of the fog lights. There is a two toned roof spoiler at the back that looks good. The vehicle uses more satin finish parts than the chrome parts and this looks very good and adds mores to the ruggedness that this Cross is trying to portray. The Etios Cross looks much smaller for the amount of armour it wears when compared to other cars like the Palio Adventure. Etios Cross weighs more than the Liva hatchback.
Showcased first at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi, Toyota Etios Cross was launched in India in May 2014.
The Etios Cross is available in three engine options and two trim levels. Powering the Cross is a 1.5 L DOHC petrol with 90 Ps @ 5600 rpm and 132 Nm; a 1.2 L DOHC petrol with 80 Ps @ 5600 rpm and 104 Nm; and a 1.4 L diesel D-4D with 68 Ps @ 3800 rpm and 170 Nm. The Etios Cross comes in 8 body colours. Toyota claims a mileage of over 23 kmpl in their standard test cycle for the diesel engine which is pretty impressive. The prices are expected to be in the range of Rs. 5.76 lakhs to Rs. 7.4 lakhs.
The Etios Cross has the interiors that are similar in design to those of the Liva. So one gets a centrally mounted tachometer and speedometer, the double DIN audio system, Bluetooth telephony and steering mounted controls, and quirky air con vents. The interiors are finished in an all black theme with the gloss and matt black surfaces and look a lot sportier than the Liva. The Cross comes with safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD as standard and bright fog lamps. The superior suspension, high clearance and ease in manoeuvrability on the roads make this car an apt choice for both city and highway roads.
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