Toyota has recently launched a face lift of the Etios sedan and
hatchback in Brazil under the badge of Etios Platinum. The company will soon be
bringing this reworked version to Indian shores and we expect a launch before
the festive season is imminent. The face lift hints towards a few cosmetic
changes outside and inside to make it more appealing for non commercial
consumers as well.
The new Etios features a reworked front and rear bumper, front
grille and a few chrome bits here and there. The front bumper and grille have
been designed to look more sporty and contemporary. The new Etios twins will
also get a set of R15 8-twin spoke alloy wheels, side skirts and a rear
On the inside the Etios may get a digital speedo meter which is
still located in the centre of the dash. The car will get leather and fabric
upholstery options and will also get a new touch screen infotainment setup
which is bluetooth enabled and will also double up as a reverse parking camera.
This however is not standard fitment and would probably be an optional
accessory at additional cost.
Toyota will in all probability continue using their 1.4 litre D-4D
diesel engine which is quite reliable and has proven its worth over time. The
engine returns about 21-23kmpl and puts out approximately 67.05bhp. The Etios
sedan and Etios Liva hatch will also be available with Toyota's 1.5 litre VVT
Petrol motor which puts out 88.73bhp and returns around 16kmpl.
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