Toyota Etios Overview

If you’ve been following automotive news from the country lately, you would be aware of the facelifted Etios Platinum being launched. No, it’s not significantly new, although the company wants you to believe it is. This is the fourth update to the Etios range in last five years or so, which could mean two things – Etios is a hotbed for new technology introduction or else the model just hasn’t been able to convince enough potential customers. The latter reason, as most of you would know seems more realistic.

So what has Toyota changed in the new Etios really? We know the Etios wasn’t received well in the market due to its bland design and lack of features. It would seem that with constant updations and a vast amount of learning from customer feedback, Toyota would’ve made some crucial changes. Time to find out what the latest Etios brings to the table. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Etios Exteror

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan with a sharp appearance that is marked by a stylized front grille and radiant headlamps. Intermittent wipers adorn the front windscreen. The upper grille is chrome treated and the lower grille is black in colour. White fog lamps are fitted on both ends of this black lower grille. The bumpers, door handles and Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are of the same colour as the body, and this makes the sedan look extremely elegant.

The side protection moulding comes with chrome insertions and the B-pillar is blacked out. The four 12-spoke alloy wheels are dressed in full wheel caps. Platinum Etios comes with a roof-mounted foldable antenna and the rear end of sedan is embellished with triangular tail lamps. The chrome garnish on its boot adds to the sophistication. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios is 4.27m long, 1.7m wide and 1.51m high. The wheelbase of the sedan is 2550 mm and it provides an incredible ground clearance of 170mm. The turning radius of 4.9m makes it easy to handle.

Toyota Etios Interior

The interiors of the new Etios are undoubtedly a notch above the outgoing one. The earlier version was unusually equipped with instrument binnacle placed on the top of the centre console. It was annoying for many people as they cannot see the information without road distraction. Though the new one also gets the same unit, they now feature semi-digital combi-meter display for the convenience of the driver. The car gets new black-ivory colour scheme while the styling of the rest of the dashboard remains identical to the outgoing version. The large windows and the beige upholstery inside makes the cabin looks bigger and roomier.

The sedan is a proper 5-seater and the legroom is amongst the best you can have under Rs. 10 lakh car. The seats are large and comfortable while one will also notice the alteration in the texture of the seat fabric. However, the use of rough plastic, especially the bottom of the dashboard seems to be really out of place. The carmaker has added a central armrest for more comfort. But, the addition of features such as automatic climate control, multi-information display and rear ac vents would have really boosted its image among the class.

Among the plus points of the car, ingress and outgress is amazing while the height adjust functionality and tilt-adjustable steering making the driving position more comfortable. The storage space is also abundant with plenty of cubby holes and bottle holders across the cabin. The infotainment system is still limited to the 2-Din audio system with Bluetooth and USB which is again a disadvantage given the budget cars are also coming up with touchscreen units.

Toyota Etios Performance

The engines remain unchanged on the cars as the familiar 1.5 L petrol and 1.4 L diesel engines continue to power the Etios. Toyota did consider an AMT but found it to be less reliable and high on maintenance. A torque convertor automatic would’ve pushed the cost beyond the competitive zone so that wasn’t used either. Hence, the transmission too remains unchanged, bringing about almost no difference to the way the Etios Platinum would drive viz-a-viz the outgoing version. There have been some changes made to the suspension tuning but we can’t comment on the difference it makes till we drive the vehicle.

Toyota Platinum Etios petrol engine is equipped with an Electronic fuel Injection (EFI) supply system, which generates a mileage of 16.78 kmpl. The DICOR Diesel engine registers an incredible mileage of 23.59 kmpl. The fuel tank has a capacity of 45 L, and hence, the petrol variant provides a driving range of about 750 km and the diesel variant gives a range of almost 1060km.

Toyota Etios Driving

The company claims that it has worked upon the shock absorbers. While the ride quality is undoubtedly very good but isn’t different as compared to the earlier version. However, as the suspension has been tuned, one can expect a slight slandering into the corners. The car never feels less composed and remains stable regardless of the road conditions. The steering also feels nice and comfortable to operate.

Toyota Etios Safety

The performance of ABS+EBD brakes is confident and performs just as expected. One of the biggest talking points of the car in this version is the updates in the safety department. The sedan now comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, keyless entry and driver seat belt warning as standard features. Move on to the top variants and you also get front fog lamps and reverse parking sensors. The carmaker has also reinforced the chassis so that it could perform better in case of crash.

Toyota Etios Price in Mumbai

Toyota Etios Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,76,368/- (Etios G) to 8,81,400/- (Etios VXD Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Toyota Etios from Toyota Dealers in Mumbai. check Etios price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Verdict

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan that packs a punch with its stunning looks and an incredible mileage. Toyota has been renowned in the world for its continuous innovation and impeccable quality standards. In 2010, Toyota entered in the budget segment in India with Platinum Etios. Indian consumers are very sensitive towards price and more so in this segment. The Japanese automaker has entered the segment post a highly intensive market research. Some consumers may feel that the Platinum Etios is not up to the standards in terms of the interiors that they associate with the brand, thus causing some disappointment. The problem of engine vibration associated with a diesel engine has been taken care of by especially focusing on lowering in-cabin noise. Toyota has packed its Platinum Etios with a proper Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package.

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