The facelifted Toyota Etios series of cars have been unveiled globally. The Etios sedan and hatchback get a few cosmetic changes and added equipment, which the India-spec model is also expected to get soon.
This is the second update for the cars since 2010 and it is now called the Toyota Etios Platinum in Brazil. The fascia gets a comprehensive makeover albeit with the same headlamps from the older car. The grille is new with chrome accents and a black honeycomb mesh. The bumpers have been reworked with black inserts and look sportier than the previous ones. Coming to the sides, you will notice the blackened alloy wheels and side body skirts. These are expected to be seen on the top-end version with a spoiler and re-profiled bumper at the back.
There are a few changes in the cabin as well. The Brazilian variant gets the steering wheel from the Corolla, a new instrument panel, updated centre console and a new infotainment system. The Indian Etios will also adopt these changes, of course, with a different colour theme to suit the tastes of Indian buyers.
The Toyota Etios facelift and Liva facelift for the Indian market will continue to be powered by the existing petrol and diesel powertrains. The 1.5-litre petrol model churns out 90bhp of power and the diesel 1.4-litre unit produces 68bhp of power. The five-speed manual gearbox from the current car might also be carried over.
Test mules of the facelifted sedan have been spied in India several times in a disguised avatar. The camouflaged front and rear end hint that the upcoming car might be similar to the Brazilian version in terms of design. We can expect Toyota to launch the updated cars in the festive season this year.