Toyota unveils the Etios Cross
Toyota puts a body kit on the Etios Liva and calls it Etios Cross
Toyota has still not gotten over the Wakudoki fever. Toyota's MD calls the new Etios Cross the Wakudoki car.
Anyway, to bits that are more important. The Etios Cross. Is this one too like the VW Polo Cross with side claddings that make it more rugged? Yes. It's exactly that. Toyota says with the new side cladding, front grille guard, new diamond-cut alloy wheels, roof rails and a rear spoiler, the Etios Cross will make it more appealing to younger buyers. The same logic that VW applied for the Polo Cross. But unfortunately, it didn't work well for the Germans.
To see if it works for the Japs, we'll have to wait until May which is when the Etios Cross will be launched and deliveries will commence. Although it's still not launched, Toyota dealerships will accept bookings right from today.
If the looks don't work for you, there's something nice for you. The Etios Cross will available with 1.2 and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 1.5-litre diesel block as an option, just like the Liva TRD Sportivo. The recent bug of love for piano black finish has bit Toyota too, and for the first time, the Etios will sport that finish on the centre console. On the inside, there's new seat fabric and a double-DIN music system with USB, Aux-in and steering-mounted controls. The new Etios Cross will available in two trim levels in petrol and diesel.
Prices will be announced at the launch in May. While you wait for it, let us know if this 'apply-cladding-make-it-rugged theory' works for you in the comments below.