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07 May 2014

Toyota launches the Etios Cross

The gussied-up Etios Liva is now on sale in India

Amaan Ahmed
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Admirers of hatchbacks wearing rugged clothes, rejoice! Toyota's put the very outdoorsy-looking Etios Cross on sale in India today.

As is apparent, it is a Liva that's put on a generous amount of plastic cladding in a bid to pass off as an SUV. In addition to all that plastic ensconcing the Cross, there's a new grille, roof rails, diamond-cut alloys, fog lamps and ORVM-integrated turn indicators, and a roof spoiler. Not much of a difference here, but we'll leave it up to you to decide if the Cross has succeeded in appealing to the burly-SUV lover in you.

Inside, there's piano-black trim, new fabric upholstery, a double-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and remote control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which also houses the audio controls.

Toyota is offering it with all three engines available on the Liva/Etios cousins, in a total of four trim levels. The G gets the 1.2-litre, 79bhp petrol motor, whereas the top-end V is powered by the 1.5-litre, 89bhp mill. The two diesel variants share the same engine – the 1.4-litre D4-D making 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. A five-speed manual 'box is standard across the range.

The Etios Cross G has been priced at Rs 5.76 lakh, the V at Rs 7.35 lakh, the GD at Rs 6.90 lakh and the VD at Rs 7.40 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). That's very nearly a lakh more than a Liva.

Would you pay such a hefty premium to buy a beefier-looking hatchback variant of a hatchback, dotcommers?

Tags: etios, etios cross, liva, etios liva, toyota

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