Toyota Etios Cross Performance & Test Drive
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.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 segment of 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.View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Toyota Etios Cross Look
The Etios Cross looks very much similar to its hatchback version except for the cladding. The main idea was to make a car look rugged with a go anywhere theme.Keeping the upper half same, the Etios Cross gets a massive bull bar style radiator grille. This grille is basically made of reinforced plastic but then it doesn’t feel as strong as a protection bar. The angry face looks inspired from the company’s international line of SUVs. The lower section of the bumper gets a contrasting bash plate. One interesting bit of the front face is the fog lamp positioning with vertically stacked indicators which is interesting.
Door handles get chrome accent and external mirrors get indicators. Apart from looking like a normal hatch it is the faux macho cladding which makes the difference. Tough profiles and contours on the cladding try hard to give it a rugged look but then they don’t succeed in doing so. It also gets 15inch diamond cut alloy wheels. Now if you are making a tough looking crossover you might consider giving it tough looking wheels too and not diamond cut alloys which normally feature as a premium design option. Bright roof rails give it a sporty touch along with a rear spoiler
Bold signature style model name embossed on the rear with generous matte cladding again. The rear number plate is a part of the bash plate on the bumper. More than looking tough, it reminds of the earlier days when companies used to offer lower variants of cars in black bumpers.
Toyota Etios Cross Comfort
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 Gearbox
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. For more info on Toyota Etios Cross check orsp.in
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 Toyota Etios Liva hatchback has received 4 stars from Latin NCAP, which makes it quite a safe car. However the vehicle which was tested was equipped with dual airbags at the front. The Etios Cross gets dual airbags on the top V (or VD for diesel) variants. The base G doesn’t get airbags, nor does it get ABS. ABS with EBD is offered as standard on all diesel trims of the Etios Cross. With cars like the Hyundai i20 getting 5 stars from NCAP, we expect the world’s largest automaker to beef up safety on the Etios.
Toyota Etios Cross Price in Hyderabad
Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Toyota Etios Cross Bottomline
Tweaked design, revamped interiors and improved dynamics can make the Etios an acceptable car. The Cross is a brave attempt but then it does not succeed in creating any excitement like its elder siblings produce.Toyota has an amazing reputation when it comes to reliability, strength and quality. Customers of Innova, Corolla Altis and Fortuner have always sweared by it but then the same is not the case when the company’s entry level cars are considered. It is about time the company realises the importance of this segment and moulds their cars accordingly.Tags: Toyota