Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback First Drive & Performance
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 in Tryaldrive
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 & Style
Etios Cross is the third cross to enter Indian shores after similar styled Fabia and Polo. While the Polo is the smartest looking hatch and Fabia can still make way with its international styling, the Etios Liva unfortunately has nothing to boast of.Plastic claddings, aluminum finished bash plates and a bold name, this is the perfect recipe for a crossover hatchback. Toyota has done the same with Etios Cross. The front face has a handle bar moustache looking grille. Turn indicators have been clubbed with fog lamps. It also gets a skid plate positioned below the front bumper. The hood gets a strong rib section flowing in the middle.
Diamond cut 15″ alloy wheels on the Etios Cross is standard. The new alloy wheels have made the ground clearance rise by 4mm. The wheelbase has been retained whereas the overall dimensions have grown cause of the matte plastic claddings all over. The electrically adjustable ORVMs also get turn indicators. Unlike the Cross Polo, which just gets a sticker, this one gets its name etched on the plastic cladding. It also gets contrasting silver roof rails.
It gets a roof mounted spoiler and the name Etios Cross written in bold on the rear tail gate. Similar to the skid plate on the front bumper, the rear too gets one. Toyota has launched the Etios Cross in 8 different colors. Personally, a yellow would have done for me but then my choice among the different shades would be the Orange and Blue. Even though it is supposed to be an adventurous looking car, it does not come across as an attractive looking car. The brand perception won’t change unless these cars get a complete makeover.
Toyota Etios Cross Cabin & Space
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 Engine & 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.
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. Check for Toyota Etios Cross in tweetcast.in
Toyota Etios Cross Ride & Handling
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 & Security
– The Etios Cross also has been equipped with ABS and EBD.
– The fog lamps offer better visibility during bad weather conditions.
– The vehicle also has been fitted with front airbags for driver and passenger, plus bars side impact protection.
– It also has alarm on all doors beside the engine immobilizer system for anti theft security.
Toyota Etios Cross Price in Bangalore
Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,88,183 to 10,10,001 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 Bangalore. Check for Etios Cross price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Toyota Etios Cross Verdict
The Etios Cross isn’t much different than the regular Etios Liva, as it carries the same underpinnings and engines. With unchanged mechanicals, the performance and dynamics are almost the same. However the Etios Cross is a car which has some attitude and muscularity. While it still isn’t the most polished when it comes to interior design and overall quality, the Etios Cross comes across as a much more appealing Etios. Coming at quite the premium, the Etios Cross is without doubt the best version of the Etios yet but not really worth buying over better cars at that price.Tags: Toyota