Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

The Toyota Etios Cross, first showcased by Toyota at Auto Expo 2014 earlier this year, is the Japanese carmaker’s attempt to cash in on India’s love for compact SUVs and cross overs. Etios Cross is a regular Etios Liva hatchback beefed up with a rugged-looking body kit. The added body cladding imparts a serious aggressive look, and while it may look a bit over the top, it ensures that the Etios Cross doesn’t get lost in the crowd – something the Toyota Etios Liva was quite prone to. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Bangalore

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Toyota Etios Cross Look

Underpinning the Liva platform, as mentioned earlier, it is more bold, tough and robust in character. As for the front facade, it sports a lurid front grille which is protected by a silver colored grille guard. Dual front fog lamps with integrated turn indicators enhance the appearance of this crossover. The company’s logo finds its place in the centre of the radiator grille. Etios Cross shares its headlamp cluster with the Liva hatchback and beneath it, there is a wide air-dam. In addition, the body colored door handles and body colored outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators are a symbol of lavishness.

As we go sideways, there is a silver colored cladding and wheel arch fenders. The 15′ diamond cut alloy wheels are flamboyant and make the crossover much sportier. The sturdy silver colored roof-rails seem upbeat at their place and compliment well the sportiness of the crossover. Going by the rear end, it is again identical to the younger sibling, Liva hatchback, but multiple additions in form of black colored bumper, silver color cladding make it more exotic. Additionally, several features such as the rear windscreen comprising of wiper, washer and defogger, dynamic garnish with badging, roof spoiler, roof-mounted Antenna etc. justify the sporty character of the crossover. The company has offered the compact crossover with a total of 8 dynamic colors – Inferno Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Classic Grey, Harmony Beige, Celestial Black, Vermilion Red, Symphony Silver, and White.

Toyota Etios Cross Comfort

The Toyota Etios Cross is not different from the Etios sedan when it comes to the interiors. This five seater hatchback offers sufficient leg space and headroom despite having a short wheelbase. It has wide cushioned seats with sporty fabric upholstery covers. The cockpit of Cross has stylish dashboard equipped with a three spoke electric steering wheel, AC vents, glove box and a centre console integrated with remote operated 2-DIN stereo system. In addition, the Etios Cross features a handful of notifying instruments like tachometer with door open indicator, digital trip meter, headlight-on, driver seat belt warning and low fuel consumption.

This is not all from the goodies bag of Etios Cross as it consists an accessory socket, a day & night inside rear view mirror, front cabin lights, three assist grips with coat hooks, four speakers, tailgate opener, clean air filter and remote fuel lid come along. An auto-down function is also available only on driver’s side among the four power windows.

Toyota Etios Cross Performance

Unlike the VW Cross Polo which is offered in a single variant with a 1.2-litre diesel motor, the Etios Cross will be offered in two levels of trim and three engines to choose from; 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 1.4-litre diesel motor. The 1.5-litre petrol motor (available only on the top-spec car) produces 89bhp and concentrates more on city drivability rather than outright power. Throttle response at lower revs is good and the car feels reasonably peppy on the highway too. The 67bhp 1.4-litre diesel, on the other hand, feels more sedate and while turbo-lag isn’t much of an issue, you will miss the mid-range punch on the highways. Also, both the motors are a bit too noisy and cabin insulation doesn’t do the best job at keeping out road noise either. However, the ride is pretty absorbent and the suspension does a great job of shielding the cabin from the worst of our roads. Handling is quite decent too and the chunky steering wheel is nicely weighted but a bit slow to respond.

The Etios Cross, with all the three engines, delivers supreme fuel economy. The 1.2L petrol motor which serves the base variant of petrol line up returns a mileage of 17.71kmpl which is decent in accordance with the Indian roads and traffic. The heavier petrol engine of 1.5L, despite being performance oriented, pulls out a fuel efficiency of 16.78kmpl which is commendable. The diesel mill, being mileage eccentric, registers the best fuel economy and delivers a thumping 23.59kmpl which is at par comparing with some of the other vehicles in the segment.

Toyota Etios Cross Rideing

Toyota Etios Cross handling is a bit off mark at high speeds but it is decent in city driving, courtesy the 3-spoke leather wrapped electric power steering with tilt function. The audio controls find a place on it too, so that the driver can comfortably set the volume according to his desire. As for performance, the company hasn’t tweaked or tinkered the all three engines; so it is a good performer spontaneously. The 1.5L petrol engine propels the crossover touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in a mere 11 seconds while clocking 160kmph as top speed. The other petrol engine, the 1.2L, achieves the 0-100kmph in a comparatively larger time span due to less powerful and mileage oriented. Precisely, it touches the 100kmph from standstill in 14 seconds along with a top speed of 150kmph. The 1.4L diesel mill focuses more on fuel efficiency and hence, lacks behind the petrol models by a fair margin. It crosses 100kmph barrier from standstill in 18 seconds and measuring top speed as 160kmph.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

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.

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.

Toyota Etios Cross Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,42,547/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,23,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Cross Bottomline

Toyota Etios Cross doesn’t seem to be a crossover; in fact, it’s the Liva with added features and better interiors. Well, such models haven’t worked out in India before too, going by the dismal performance of Skoda Fabia Scout and Volkswagen Cross Polo. Overseeing it, Toyota Kirloskar Motors (KTM) has played a big gamble in the form of Etios Cross and in order to justify its step and receive optimum response, the company needs to market it aggressively. The price is also bit off, seeing the features available.

Toyota Etios Cross directly challenges the Volkswagen Cross Polo. It also competes with the likes of Renault Duster & Ford EcoSport. Volkswagen Cross Polo is already a failure as people disliked the idea of hatchback-turned-crossover vehicle. So, ideally, the Etios Cross has a clear road ahead as of now, but several other auto makers are gearing up to launch their vehicles in this segment, especially Fiat Avventura seems to be the first real threat to it. But, still there is time left in its launch and till then Etios Cross can enjoy a gala time at the Indian auto industry.

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