The Etios and Etios Liva sedan and hatchback from Toyota Kirloskar Motors, even though very good cars, are not selling as well as Toyota expected them to. There are a couple of reasons for this; firstly, both the cars are not eye catchy. They have been described by some to be a bit boring to look at, and then the cheap quality of the plastics and the fabric inside the car.
Toyota faced the same issues with the Etios and the Liva in Brazil too, but now that’s all-set to change. The facelifts of both cars will be launched in Brazil next-year, and they will be launched in India immediately after. This cosmetic refreshment for these cars is expected to keep sales going strong until the all-new replacement for these cars surfaces in 2015.
The new facelifted cars look pretty from the front, Toyota’s new design language seen on bigger cars like the Corolla and the Camry can be seen on this car too but the main design cues have been taken from the Toyota Yaris. The side and rear profile of the cars though remain almost the same as before, only the tail-lamps have been re-profiled to go with the new fresher theme and the wheels too have undergone a re-design.
Inside the car, Toyota will provide completely new interior with a much better quality than before and the instrument cluster which was earlier placed smack in the middle of the dashboard will be moved to a more conventional position, in front of the driver. There will be no changes to the drive-train and chassis, and we will still get the same 1.4-litre turbo-diesel and 1.5-litre petrol engines.
This cosmetic refresh is certainly to our tastes, now it only remains to be seen if the rest of the country will like it and will it be able to keep up the sales momentum.
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