Toyota Kirloskar Motor, subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant, has launched the facelifted versions of the Etios in India at Rs 6.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Christened as the Etios Platinum, the facelift is based on the same model which was launched in Brazil this year. Here in India, the facelift was launched with cosmetic and well as some mechanical updates.
Talking about the exteriors, Etios Platinum features a new V-shaped front grille with chrome accents, re-designed front bumper with wider air-vents and round fog lamps. Moreover, the side of the Etios Platinum gets chrome garnished ORVM with integrated turn indicators and 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. While the rear end of the Etios Platinum gets a boot-lid integrated rear spoiler and a resculpted bumper design with chrome accents.
Inside, Etios Platinum sports an updated instrument console and improved seat design with new covers. A rear centre armrest has also been added as a part of the facelift. Other features added to the new Etios Platinum are engine immobilizer and keyless entry. But, the highlight of the facelift are its updated safety features. ABS is now standard across all the variants. The company has added dual airbags and equipped the rear seats with ISOFIX mounting points for improved child safety along with reinforcing the cars against side impacts.
Under the hood, the facelift continues to be powered by the same engine that is used in the current model. For the petrol variant, the Etios comes with the 1.5-litre engine that produces 90PS of power and 132Nm of peak torque, while the diesel variant is powered by the 1.4-litre D-4D engine which produces 68PS of power and 170Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties for all variants are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. On the mechanical front, Toyota has upgraded the engine mountings from rubber to hydraulic to absorb the jerks more effectively. Also, the company has adjusted the suspension a bit while, for the diesel variants, the clutch has been tweaked to make it easier to operate. The new Toyota Etios Platinum comes with a fuel efficiency of 16.78 kmpl for the petrol variant while the diesel version gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl.
In its segment, the facelifted version the Etios sedan competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent, Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala in the Indian market.
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