Toyota will officially launch the new Etios Cross on May 7, 2014. Dealerships have been accepting bookings at an amount of Rs 50,000 since February for the car and have stated that the waiting period will be approximately a month. The new Toyota Etios Cross is expected to retail for around Rs 60,000 more than the price of the standard Liva.
The Etios Cross was first showcased by Toyota at the Auto Expo 2014. The new Etios Cross is essentially Toyota’s regular Etios Liva hatchback with a considerable amount of thick side body cladding to give it a more rugged appearance. On the exterior, the new Etios Cross gets a matte black plastic band that goes right across from its chin, to the flanks and around the rear. It also gets skid plates that have a dull silver finish.
The Toyota Etios Cross gets a new front grille with turn indicators in the fog lamps. It also gets roof rails, wing mirrors with turn indicators, a rear spoiler and diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels. It also gets a prominent ‘Etios Cross’ badge across its boot lid. These bits make the new Etios Cross look more rugged than the Toyota Etios Liva. The Cross will be offered to buyers in eight colour options. Also, the new Etios Cross is 120mm longer, 40mm wider and 45mm taller than the standard Liva.
On the inside, you get piano black interiors and sporty seat fabric and Etios Cross badging. It also features a 2-DIN audio system with aux, Bluetooth and USB compatibility. The top variants will also get audio controls on the steering wheel, and a rear defogger and wiper. On the safety front, it will come equipped with ABS and EBD and dual front airbags.
There will be no mechanical changes on the new Etios Cross and it will be sold with the same engine options that are also available on the standard Etios Liva. The Etios Cross will be available with the same 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrols and 1.4-litre diesel motor. Even the power outputs of 79bhp and 89bhp for the 1.2 and 1.5-litre petrols and 68bhp for the 1.4 diesel are identical to the standard Liva hatchback. The 1.2-litre petrol motor will power the base variants of the Etios Cross, while the 1.5-litre petrol motor will be available only on the top trims.
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