The compact crossover has become a hot favourite in the last two years and it seems that everyone wants a piece of the action. Volkswagen has the Cross Polo while Fiat is competing with the Punto based Avventura crossover. Toyota has become the most recent member of the segment and its soldier for the battle is the Etios Cross. It is a beefed up version of the Etios Liva hatchback and is being offered with both petrol and diesel engines.
The Toyota Etios Cross is a beefed up version of the standard car and much like the Cross Polo, it gets a large plastic based body kit. This is further enhanced in terms of overall toughness through the use of taller wheels and contrast coloured roof rails which can hold luggage up to the range of 50kgs-55kgs. The overall design of the car is pretty much the same as the Etios Liva hatchback. Other changes from the standard car include the Etios Cross lettering on the side.
Interior and variants
The Etios Cross is offered in four variants-two petrol and diesel where the former comprises two engine options. The petrol options are the G and V variant while the diesels are the GD and VD variants. In terms of the interiors, Toyota has given the Etios Cross exactly the same features and options as equivalent variants of the Etios Liva right down to the layout of the dashboard and various elements in the cabin.
The India spec Etios Cross gets the 1.2-litre petrol unit that produces 79bhp and 104Nm of torque as well as the 1.5-litre petrol unit that produces 89bhp and 132Nm of torque. Toyota’s 1.4-litre four-pot motor does duty in the oil burner and produces does 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. All three engines have been mated to a five-speed manual.
Competition and price
The Toyota Etios Cross competes with the VW Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura. It is also expected to get competition in the form of the Mahindra S-101 which will see the light of the day sometime next year. The model sold in India is produced locally at Toyota’s factory outside Bengaluru and so has a large amount of localisation, definitely more than the Cross Polo and so that should give it an advantage.