Toyota calls it a cross and nobody in India really
knows what a cross means. Anything masculine looking is called an SUV and
anything small that looks like an SUV is called a compact SUV. The Etios Cross
is not an SUV, yet you cannot help looking at it and saying, “Hey, that’s a
Well, it’s just an Etios Liva hatchback, made to wear a
handsome armour made of plastic. When we got our hands on an Etios Cross VD
variant, the first thing that struck me was, why not indulge in some
off-roading. By jove! It did behave well and its suspensions and engine power
did not disappoint me.
But this car is not an off-roader, mind you, Sir. This
one’s just a smart looking car that has the character of youth etched all over
The Etios Cross comes with three engine options—a 1.4
litre diesel (1364cc), a 1.5 litre petrol (1496cc) and a 1.2 litre petrol
(1197cc). There will be two variants of the diesel version and one each of the
two petrol engine versions. The dual SRS airbag (for driver and co-passenger) will
be available in the 1.5 litre petrol variant (V) and the top end diesel variant
(VD). No airbags for the 1.4 litre petrol variant (G) and the lower variant of
the diesel (GD). The G variant will also not have an ABS with EBD.
The car’s bound to excite the younger generation
looking out for some fun in life. Everything macho appeals to the modern world,
and there is no reason why the Etios Cross will not excite the youth. Apart
from a masculinity angle, it’s a small car and easy to handle and easy to park.
The Cross comes with a lot of smart plastic claddings
with silver accents, impressive front bumper with skid plate, roof rails, side
turn signals integrated with fog lamps and 15inches alloy wheels.
All the plastic frills add to the dimensions of the
Etios Liva resulting in the Cross becoming 120mm longer, 40mm wider and 45mm
taller than the standard Liva. For those hankering for mileage, the diesel
engine offers a mileage of around 23.59kmpl while 1.5 litre petrol offers
16.78kmpl and the 1.2 litre petrol, a 17.71kmpl.
The interiors are not uber rich in texture, but it’s
not tacky either. The embossed seat fabric with the Cross logo and white
stitching give a premium feel to the interiors. There is plenty of leg space
for both front as well as rear passengers. There are ample slots for bottles,
cups and mobile phones. The driver seat can be adjusted for height. Feature
like leather wrapped steering, steering mounted audio controls, ORVMs with turn
indicators, etc give the car a rich feel to it.
While every car maker in the country is trying to
redefine the SUV space with SUV clones of all shapes and sizes, Toyota wants to
be different by naming the Etios an Etios Cross! But it’s a mini hunk and there
is no denying that fact.
TOYOTA ETIOS CROSS SPECIFICATIONS
1364cc, 4-cylinder 8V, SOHC, D-4D diesel
170 Nm@ 1800-2500rpm
23.59 kmpl (AT)
McPherson Strut /Torsion Beam
Brake: Front/ Rear
Ventilated Disc / Drum
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
185/60 R15 tubeless
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