Toyota Etios Cross Overview & Transmission

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

It was Renault who started the trend of Compact SUV by launching the Duster in India then auto manufacturers like Ford, Volkswagen and Mahindra launched their own version of crossover and suddenly this segment became the topic of discussion amongst every Indian buyer and all the products became equally popular. Ford Ecosport or the Renault Duster which was launched not so long ago were quite successful in impressing the people with their rugged look, aggressive pricing and interior space. Let’s be honest here the compact SUV definitely offers more than a standard hatchback.  Toyota Etios Cross price range in India is between 7,68,594 to 9,78,279, check for detail pricing of Toyota Etios Cross in Carzprice

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Today the Japanese manufacturer Toyota launched the Etios Cross in India and the new vehicle looks rugged and muscular compared to the existing Etios hatch.There was no product to fit in the crossover segmentof Toyota but the demand for this type of products was rapidly increasing in our Indian market and we have also seen new kinds of buyers evolving for this particular segment. So Toyota decided to launch this rugged looking crossover called Etios Cross with three engine options including two petrol and one diesel. The Etios Cross definitely looks more muscular than the standard Etios hatch but is it enough for crossover or compact SUV fans of India?

Toyota Etios Cross Design

The exceptional external appearance of Toyota Etios Cross offers various elegant features including sporty side skirts and bold grille. Along with a silver garnished nudge guard on its front façade, this hatchback is fitted with a classy radiator grille. An aggressive headlight cluster having halogen headlamps are also surrounded by the nudge guard. The turn indicators possess a distinct look and are mounted in the fog lamp console. A wide air intake section is provided in the sturdy black front bumper. Not to forget the fog lights adding more style to the front facade.

The masculine fenders and lower claddings of side profile add to the exterior beauty of this hatchback. Unlike other hatchbacks of its kind, a set of stylish 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels is mounted in all variants. The coloured ORVMs and door handles with B pillars in glossy black are an added attraction. To enhance its sporty look, aluminium strips are mounted on side skirts. Moving to the rear profile of Etios Cross, the dual colour tone of rear spoiler looks quite eye-catching. The rear bumper is a lookalike of the front one, except the protective aluminium cladding.

Toyota Etios Cross Cabin

Step inside the Etios Cross and you find yourself in a familiar cabin. The layout of the dashboard hasn’t changed which is dissapointing as the centrally mounted instrument cluster is still not easy to read on the move. That said, the cabin looks much improved thanks to the use of piano black inserts on the doors, instrument cluster and centre console. Quality inside seems improved as well but is still not up to Toyota’s legendary standards. Our test car which had done only 130 kms showed signs of rattling over bad roads, which can be attributed to the light weight of the vehicle.

The other change to the interiors is the Etios Cross badging on the seats. There is ample amount of room inside the cabin, with rear seat passengers having enough space to stretch out in utmost comfort. Even the seats offer good support making the Etios a comfortable car to be in. The boot is reasonably big at 251-litres and it’s when you close the boot lid do you realise the Etios is a very light car. Toyota is offering the Etios Cross in 4 variants – G, V, GD and VD. All variants get a 2-DIN audio system with MP3, FM and USB functions but the top-spec trim also gets steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The Etios Cross comes loaded with quite a few features even on the base trim but the lack of internally adjustable ORVMs is a shocking omission.

Toyota Etios Cross Performance

Under the hood of the new Etios Cross it’s the same old story. The new Etios Cross gets three engines options which are also available with the Etios Liva hatch, the engine options includes a 1.2 Liter and 1.5 Liter Petrol which produces 80 PS of peak power at 5600 rpm and 104Nm of torque at 3100 rpm and 90 PS of peak power at 5600rpm and 132Nm of torque at 3000rpm respectively. While the only diesel mill available with the Etios Cross generates 68PS at 3800rpm and 170Nm of torque at 1800-2400rpm. All the engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and there is no option for an automatic gearbox.

All this engines are the same unit which is available with the Etios Liva hatch and thus driving characteristics of both this cars will also be the same. Toyota claims that the engines are extremely fuel efficient and fun to drive. Etios Cross has been fitted with MacPherson Strut at its front and Torsion Beam at its rear. The Etios Cross is little heavier than the standard Etios Liva hatch which will help in providing a more comfortable and planted ride. But we particularly will suggest you not to even think of taking it for some serious offroading because this car only looks tough with an increased ground clearance while on the inside it is the same Etios Liva hatch.

Toyota Etios Cross Rideing

The Etios is a car which has a good blend of both ride and handling, with the Cross version being quite similar. Handling is good and body roll is well contained but the steering lacks feel and has too much of artificialness attached to it. It simply doesn’t give feedback, whether you are driving slow or fast but the lightness at low speeds does help in easy manoeuvrability. The Etios Cross is a front-wheel drive vehicle and isn’t apt at off-roading, no matter what the exteriors might suggest.

Where the Toyota Etios Cross totally excels is in the ride quality department. It simply absorbs bad roads in its stride comfortably and doesn’t pass on much to the occupants. The suspension has been well tuned for our road conditions and the good ground clearance means you never have to worry when approaching speed-breakers, it never scrapes anywhere. The Etios Cross is decently stable at speed and the brakes are well calibrated too, offering good stopping power. It’s only the high NVH at speed which reveals the un-Toyota like refinement.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

The Etios Cross comes with various protective features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution system (EBD). The supplemental restraint system (SRS) based airbags are backed in the car for driver as well as co-passenger. Moreover, the keyless entry and engine immobilizer restrict unauthorized access into the vehicle and ensure complete protection from theft. Not only this, the defogger with wiper and high mount stop lamp gives vision clarity during rainy seasons.

A proficient suspension system has been incorporated by the auto maker in order to ensure complete stability of the vehicle on non-favourable road conditions. Its front axle has McPherson strut type suspensions while the rear one is incorporated with torsion beam for a comfortable driving experience. The front wheels feature a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have solid drum brakes. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Toyota Etios Cross Price

Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in India ranges from 7,68,594 to 9,78,279 for variants Etios Cross G and Etios Cross X Edition Petrol respectively. Toyota Etios Cross is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios Cross variants price in India

Toyota Etios Cross Verdict

This is definitely a wise move by Toyota to launch the Etios Cross in our market because even the other Japanese rival Nissan also launched their own version of compact SUV Terrano in our market recently which is based on the Duster platform. Some may like the idea of turning a hatch into a rugged looking vehicle but it is quite clear weather these Cross version of the hatch has what it takes to compete with a proper compact SUV like the Terrano or the Ecosport. However compared to its German rival this Japanese crossover is cheap and looks attractive.

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