Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback Overview & Gearbox

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

Toyota India has extended its arsenal of products by introducing the all Etios Cross in the Indian auto industry. Basically, nothing more, but a more rugged and sturdy version of company’s existing hatchback Liva; Etios Cross seems to be crossover. The Japanese automajor has incorporated several SUV elements in this crossover to make it rough, striking and swashbuckling. Being offered with petrol and diesel guises, the crossover in-houses three different engines – a 1.2L petrol, a 1.5L petrol and a 1.4L diesel. Toyota Etios Cross has been launched with 4 variants – G, V, GD, and VD, where G and V fall in petrol guise while GD and VD represent diesel fuel trims. Although, this segment is pretty new for the Indians and there are not many vehicles available currently but it has got enormous potential. Not only outside but also inside the cabin, the crossover gets some of the flabbergasting comfort and convenience features. Toyota has kept an eye on the fuel economy, especially, as it plays a pivotal role in deciding the fate of a vehicle in India. In all, the crossover is a valiant effort by the auto major and it has something for everyone.  Check for Toyota cars Price, Review, Features & Specifications at CarzPrice

Toyota Etios Cross Style

The exterior of the vehicle has been fitted with a tough and unique looking robust bumpers with a new silver colored integrated fog lamps, the front also has Trapezoidal protection which makes the appearance of the vehicle tough, although the rest of the styling including the headlamp unit remains the same however the side turn indicators now finds its place on the front bumpers and on top of the fog lamp.

Take a look at the side profile of the SUV and you will find lot of black colored plastic moldings to give protection to the side of the vehicle and this plastic molding wraps the car lower portion which helps it giving the rough and tough appearance. The Etios Cross also has a new diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels and roof rails along with a spoiler which helps further in building the rugged image of the SUV. The rear of the Etios Cross too has the same styling and the new addition includes Etios Cross badge and a skid plate with silver finish.Take a look at the new Etios Cross and you will definitely like the uniqueness as well as the tough image of the vehicle

Toyota Etios Cross Space

The image quite clearly shows that the Etios Cross has dark Black tone interiors with matte finished platic parts looks quite premium. The steering wheel gets audio controls (only available with the top variant though) which definitely comes in handy. The gear levers are also covered in leather which adds a premium feel to the vehicles interiors. The speedometer is placed at the center of the dashboard and has a combination of Black and Blue colors which make it look unique and also easily readable. The seats also have the Etios Cross stitching which makes the interiors feel special.

The Etios Cross has a seating capacity of 5 adults, while the rear seats can accommodate 3 occupants quite comfortably and because of the semi flat central tunnel the person seating in the middle of the rear seat won’t feel cramped.

Toyota Etios Cross Transmission

Like the Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback, the new hatchover is also available with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The 1.2-litre petrol mill powers the base petrol model ‘G’ delivering 79bhp and 104Nm of torque. The more powerful 1.5-litre unit does duty for the ‘V’ variant sending 89bhp and 132Nm to the front wheels. The diesel GD and VD variants use the sedate 1.4-litre turbocharged engine producing 68bhp and 170Nm of torque.

We briefly drove the V petrol and V-D diesel variants and although there is some increase in weight compared to the Liva, the performance is pretty similar to the hatchback. The diesel is lacklustre in comparison to the petrol, although there is no turbo lag, the engine lacks grunt and needs to be revved hard if you don’t want to miss the quick overtaking opportunity. It also highlights the poor NVH levels, although that should not be too much of a problem in petrol as the four-cylinder unit sounds really nice. We had no opportunity of gauging the efficiency in our drive and the ARAI figures of two petrol and diesel are 17.71kpl, 16.78kpl and 23.59kpl respectively.

The steering is a bit vague and even though it does weigh up, it feels artificial. The ride quality is good, the Etios Cross absorbs all the bumps without much fuss. The ground clearance is marginally higher than that of the Liva (may be 5mm, no confirmation from Toyota), courtesy 15-inch alloy-wheels that also look nice. There is hardly anything exciting about the performance of the Etios Cross, but it is capable of plying on all sorts of roads, also with a ground clearance of well over 170mm it can also occasionally venture on the unpaved country roads.

Toyota Etios Cross Driving

Toyota’s motives are clear here. A car that can take you from point A to point B. There can’t be anything more clear than the 900 km range for the diesel. The steering is super light and the suspension super soft. But on the flip side the soft suspension and the 170 mm ground clearance make the car top heavy on corners and give a bit of body roll. Though it makes it very easy to ride in daily traffic and highway drives too are good but you can’t push the car around too hard. Check for Toyota car dealers in Indai

The diesel engine is a bit noisy if pushed too hard. If we compare the petrol to the diesel, the petrol is better for quick city stints. And the diesel is an effortless mile muncher, at the same time the diesel has taller gears thanks to the enormous torque hence leading to lesser gear shifts. The option of 1.2 and 1.5 petrol gives you a choice between efficiency and performance. The ease of driving is only proven by the no of cars used by a lot of women drivers.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

The Etios Cross also has been equipped with ABS and EBD.The fog lamps offer better visibility during bad weather conditions. The vehicle also has been fitted with front airbags for driver and passenger, plus bars side impact protection. It also has alarm on all doors beside the engine immobilizer system for anti theft security.

Toyota Etios Cross Price

Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,48,320/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,28,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Cross Bottomline

None of the hatchovers perform much better than their hatchback siblings – but they exist for a reason. Not that Toyota can’t make a proper compact SUV, but there are customers who want rugged vehicles without wanting to spend extra for them or even exploit their capabilities beyond loading over maximum capacity. The demand is for a tough looking car that would give the driver a bit of an edge over rickshaws, two-wheelers and other hatchbacks in the city traffic.

The Etios Cross will address this set of buyers with a premium of around Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 over the Liva. At that price point, the Etios Cross will make sense – it does look like a brute, has better performance figures than the Cross Polo and will also be more affordable albeit few missing features.