Toyota Etios is a mid-size sedan, which has been specially created by Toyota, the Japanese automobile company, to cater to the needs of the Indian automotive market. The car has been developed by Toyota in collaboration with the Kirloskar Group and was launched in India by their subsidiary, the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited. The car has since been launched in other countries namely, Brazil in South Africa in 2012 and in Indonesia in 2013.
Toyota Etios was first unveiled at the 2010, Auto Expo in Delhi. Later, in the December month of the same year, the four door sedan was launched for the first time in the market. The car was launched in both petrol and diesel versions with a total of seven variants in both versions. These variants are J, G, V and VX for petrol version and GD, VD and VXD for diesel version.
Recently, in March 2013, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited launched the enhanced version of both Etios, which features improved exteriors as well as interiors. The new face-lifted model features a stylish front grille in chrome finish, besides two-toned upholstery and a smartly textured dashboard on the insides. The other major highlights include entertainment options like a 2 Din audio with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and remote, which were not provided in the earlier model.
The petrol version of Toyota Etios comes fitted with a 1.5 liter 2NR-FE, Gasoline, 4 Cylinder 16V, DOHC petrol engine, which has a displacement capacity of 1496cc and provides a maximum power of 89 BHP at 5600 rpm and maximum torque of 132Nm at 3100rpm. The electronic fuel injection engine also has 5 speed manual transmissions, with an economy of 17.75km/l. The diesel version of the car comes fitted with a 1364 cc, four cylinder 8-valve SOHC engine capable of delivering a power of 67 BHP at 3800 rpm and a torque of 170 Nm at 1800 to 2400rpm.
The car also features ventilated disk breaks in the front and drum brakes on the rear. In addition, it has fuel tank capacity of 45 liters, boot space of 595 liters, ground clearance of 170mm and a minimum turning radius of 4.9m.
The exterior of Toyota Etios has a slim line with a distinctive front grille. The surface is sculpted and has a dynamic character line both at the front and the rear to give it an enhanced appearance. In addition the vehicle boasts of a fluent flowing C pillar, along with a rounded end and three-dimensional combination lamps which make the car look even more attractive from different angles.
As far as the interiors are concerned, Etios has seats designed for comfort and efficiency, and have integrated headrests. The instrument panel is well designed and is divided into two major sections for information and operation. There is also a main central meter which ensures good visibility. The cabin and luggage space is best in its class besides which it also features a cooled glove box having a capacity of 13l. There are other smaller storage places on the inside which include seven bottle holders each capable of storing a 1l bottle as well as a mobile holder to place mobile phones or other such things.
Toyota Etios is available in six astonishing colors each of which is specially selected to enhance the beauty of elegance of the car. These are classic white, celestial black, harmony beige, classic grey, symphony silver and vermilion red. The ex-showroom price of the car in India ranges between Rs. 4.90 lacs and Rs. 7.90 lacs depending on the choice of the model and the respective variant. The price might go up further in case the customers want to add specific features to the car.
Toyota Etios is a new age car that has been accepted well in the Indian market. However, despite its popularity the car has not able to impress experts. Although Etios won the Car of the Year award at the CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards in 2011, it has not received any other award since then. It is believed that the newly launched models of the car will enhance its customer base by providing a great riding experience to them and achieving the goal of making it the dream car of the masses.