Toyota Etios Cross Review
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Toyota Motor Corporation is a world renowned Japanese multinational corporation which manufactures automobiles, commercial vehicles, luxury vehicles, motorcycles and engines and is a part of one of the largest conglomerates of the world, Toyota Group. It was founded on August 28, 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda to create automobiles and has its current headquarters in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. It was the world's fourteenth largest company by revenue as of January 2014. It also holds an immense stake in many companies all over the world along with some joint ventures in few. Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation which was started in 1997 as a joint venture with Kirloskar Group ad has its headquarters in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is currently the fourth largest car maker in India with two manufacturing plants at Bidadi and Bangalore in Karnataka with a combined capacity of 1,50,000 vehicles annually. It has its sales and service network in almost every state of India with good sales record.
Recently, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited unveiled a macho looking and rugged compact hatchback, the 'Etios Cross' at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo on February 6, 2014 which is a SUV like version of the Toyota Etios Liva hatchback. The machine has many visual changes on the outside and inside while the mechanics remained the same. It is expected to be launched in May 2014 but the bookings have been started all over the country in its dealerships with a down payment of INR 50,000. It is primarily targeted at younger customers and will compete with the likes of Fiat Punto Avventura and Volkswagen Cross Polo. It will be priced slightly above the current Etios Liva hatchback, which is a smart move. Let's check out this fabulous compact SUV in detail.
Toyota Etios Cross has got a stylish, rugged and sporty exterior design with some striking details which includes a butch looking black plastic cladding all around the machine with embossed Etios Cross moniker, brushed silver finishing at its lower portions near the door sills and also on the front and rear skid plates, a redesigned front radiator grille featuring a single split black grille with vertical stacks, a trapezoidal grille guard, fog lamps in silver casings with integrated turn indicators, 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with 185/60 tubeless radial tires, power ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, silver finished sturdy roof rails with luggage carrying capacity of up to 50kgs, a sporty antenna at the front of its roof, a roof mounted rear spoiler, boot lid with Etios Cross moniker, rear defogger with wiper and bright headlamps and tail lamps with the headlamp having a small non-functional reflector. This macho looking compact SUV has a length of 3895mm, a width of 1735mm and a height of 1555mm as its dimensions and a large wheelbase of 2460mm for a stable and comfortable ride. It has a good ground clearance of 170mm for a bump-free ride and a minimum turning radius of 4.8m for easy cruising in city traffic and in tight parking slots. It has a fuel tank capacity of 45liters along with an expected kerb weight of 915kgs for 1197cc petrol variant, 925kgs for 1496cc petrol variant and 995kgs for 1364cc diesel variant.
Toyota Etios Cross has also got some useful changes in its interior along with its older features which altogether includes a new piano black interiors, new sporty seat fabric with white contrast stitching and badging, a 3-spoke leather wrapped electric power steering in black with tilt function, silver inserts and audio controls, plastic around the door trimming, central console, dashboard, over the instrument cluster and in most of the places in piano black, a new 2-DIN music system with CD/MP3, AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, AUX-in, 4 speakers and remote control, a cooled 13L glove box, 7 one litre bottle holders, front and rear door pockets, day/night inside rear view mirror, chrome accented shift knob, 3 assist grips with coat hooks, remote fuel lid and tail gate opener, driver and passenger side sun visor, a powerful AC with automatic climate control, heater and clean air filter, power windows with driver side auto-down, central locking, front cabin lights and a 12V power outlet, height adjustable driver's seat, adjustable front and rear headrests, internally adjustable ORVMs, rear defogger, centrally mounted tachometer, digital trip meter and speedometer unit with a digital clock and a large boot space of 251liters which can be further expanded largely by folding the rear seats.
Toyota Etios Cross has got two petrol engines and a diesel engine options. The 1197cc, 1.2L, 4-cylinders, 16-valves, EFI and DOHC based petrol engine has got a maximum power of 78.9bhp at 5,600rpm and a maximum torque of 104Nm at 3,100rpm and is mated with a five speed manual gearbox transmission and gives a mileage of 17.71kmpl. The 1496cc, 1.5L, 4-cyliders, 16-valves, DOHC based petrol engine has got a maximum power of 88.8bhp at 5,600rpm and a maximum torque of 132Nm at 3,000rpm and is mated with a five speed manual gearbox transmission and gives mileage of 16.78kmpl. The 1364cc, 1.4L, 4-cylinders, 8-valves, CRDI, SOHC based D-4D diesel engine has got a maximum power of 67.1bhp at 3,800rpm and a maximum torque of 170Nm at 1,800-2,400rpm and is mated with a five speed manual gearbox transmission and gives a mileage of 23.59kmpl.
Toyota Etios Cross has got ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The suspension system consists of McPherson strut at front and torsion beam at rear. For the safety of its passengers, it includes a dual front SRS airbags, driver's seat belt warning, ABS with EBD, keyless entry, door ajar warning and immobilizer.