Toyota Etios finally landed in India. In a glittering ceremony held in Bangalore, Toyota Motor Corporation’s super boss Mr. Akiyo Toyota launched Etios sedan in India. The regional launches will happen later this week. Meanwhile Toyota Etios Liva will be coming by April 2011. There are four variants of Toyota Etios are available, J, G, V and VX. Toyota Etios J variant is the entry level model and it comes with very basic features. The Etios variant wise prices are J- Rs.4.96lakhs, G – Rs.5.46lakhs, V – Rs.6.41lakhs and VX – Rs. 6.86lakhs. An upgraded version Etios G is also on offer at Rs. 5.96lakhs (all prices ex-showroom New Delhi).
Toyota Etios sedan is available in six colours, Harmony Beige, Vermillion Red, Serene Bluish Silver, Symphony Silver, White and Black. But J Variant is available only in White and Silver colour (aimed at taxi segment?). Etios is coming with 70% India made components, for time being engine and transmission will be sourced from Thailand. At a later stage these critical components will be developed in India. Currently Etios sedan is available in petrol variant only, but a diesel variant is in works. Toyota Etios comes with ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.6kmpl. Etios like any other Toyota products comes with enough equipment in safety department.
Except J variant all other Etios variants are coming with ABS, Airbags and EBD. As we said in our last post,Toyota Etios comes with sufficient space for each and every occupant in the car. Be it in the front bench or rear bench. In our opinion Etios is priced very competitively. Toyota cars are known for their refinement, build quality and exceptional after sale support. So we think finally an affordable Japanese car became a reality in India which can attracts thousands of foots falls to their showrooms.
A distinctive front grille with a smile line, sculpted surface and dynamic character-line in the front and rear, enhance the presence of the Etios. The rear has a fluent flowing C pillar, rounded end and three-dimensional combination lamps that enrich the vehicle’s exterior from different angles.
The seats are ergonomically designed units with integrated head rests. An instrument panel clearly divided into the information area and operation area with a large centre meter provides excellent visibility. The Etios has class best cabin and luggage space of 595L, a spacious 13L cooled glove box, seven one litre bottle holders, mobile holder and many more such useful storage spaces inside the car. Electric power steering for excellent manoeuvrability and tilt steering ensures a good ergonomic driving experience. The steering comes with audio controls for comfort at the driver’s fingertips. The flat type rear floor design offers ease of movement for rear seat passengers. With its rigid body structure and world class Mac Pherson Strut, the Etios has superior dampening performance providing superior ride comfort. A class-first ‘clean air filter’ which is standard across all grades for purified air in the cabin.
The Etios has various active and passive safety features ensuring the car matches global safety standards. The various safety features are (i) Energy absorbing body shell (ii) Driver & Passenger Air bags and (iii) ABS with EBD. Its centrally located combimeter reduces eye movement and hence the driver can concentrate on the road. A newly developed 1.5L, 16V DOHC engine coupled with a 5-Speed manual transmission that produces high output for best-in-class driving performance. The torque is available at low rpm for less gear shifting and stress-free city driving. The Etios has a superior mileage of 17.6kmpl which is ARAI tested.
To adapt to the various diverse climate and usage conditions in India, special treatment and countermeasures have been implemented:
- Good ground clearance of 170mm
- Under body protection to prevent damage to fuel and brake lines
- Anti-corrosion steel sheets at areas prone to rusting and stone hits
- Chipping resistant paint on rocker mould & fender.
Toyota Etios (Sedan )technical specifications
Engine Capacity : 1.5 litres (1496 cc)
No of Cylinders : 4
Power : 88.7 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Torque : 132 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Mileage : 17.46 kmpl* as per ARAI
Tank Capacity : 45 litres
Length : 4265 mm
Width : 1695 mm
Height : 1490 mm
Weight : 930 kg
Boot Space : 595 litres
Ground Clearance 170 mm
Wheels : 15 inch
Tyres : 185/60
Turning Radius : 4.9 meters
Front Suspension Independent McPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Non independent Torsion Beam
ABS and EBD as options
DVD Audio System with AUX & USB
Dual Air bags
Safety Collision Absorbing Body
Side Impact Beams