An updated version of Toyota duos, Etios sedan and hatchback has been unveiled and launched in Brazil. Christened as Etios Platinum and Liva Platinum, they gets host of alterations in respect to features and design. Toyota is expected to launch new Etios sedan in India first during the festive season followed by the Liva hatchback. Despite being a great car, Etios failed to catch the attention of Indian audiences and didn’t meet the sales expectations of the company.
The Japanese carmaker has worked on both design and features, the sedan now flaunts new V shaped honeycomb front grille with chrome inserts. The front bumper is now much bigger and incorporates large air dam and fog lamps making front fascia more aggressive. It also sports new 15 inch alloy wheels with diamond cut finish, side skirts, tweaked tail lights, new rear bumper and spoiler.
The revisions on the outside might sound minimal but it’s the cabin that receives significant changes such as new flat bottom steering wheel with audio controls taken from Corolla, new piano black central dash, chrome embedded AC vents, new instrument console which is definitely a big plus.
Other features on board are Toyota Multimedia audio system with digital TV, GPS, bluetooth and back up camera. The Brazilian spec variant is loaded with cruise control on top variants but it will be interesting to see if Toyota brings this to the Indian spec model or not.
The Brazilian Toyota Etios platinum is powered by 1.5l dual VVT engine that belts out 107bhp power and linked with a 4-speed automatic transmission. For the Indian market, the engine options are likely to remain unchanged. It will draw the power from a 1.4l diesel engine that develops 68PS power and 170Nm of torque and a 1.5l petrol engine that delivers 90PS power and 132Nm of high torque. Both the engines are paired to a five speed manual gearbox.