Toyota has launched its first crossover for the Indian market – the Etios Cross, at the ongoing Auto Expo. Set to go up against the Volkswagen Cross Polo, the Etios Cross joins the Etios family which includes the Etios sedan and the Etios Liva hatchback.
The Etios Cross is already on sale in international markets like Brazil and Argentina. It is based on the Liva and uses similar mechanicals; although don’t mistake it for your normal Liva. It gets loads of changes to the exteriors like an aggressive body kit and roof rails with a payload of up to 50kgs. Toyota’s attempt at making it a pseudo off-roader seems to have worked in a way.
Under the hood, the Etios Cross is available with two petrol and one diesel engine options. The petrol range consists of 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines producing 80PS and 90PS of power respectively. The diesel-powered model, on the other hand, gets a 1.4-litre diesel engine producing 68PS of power. The latter is the quintessential small capacity 1.4-litre D-4D oil burner that’s found in the Etios and the Liva.
Aimed towards targeting a whole new breed of buyers who seek individuality and practicality, the Etios Cross will be available starting May this year. Toyota, however, has not released the prices for the Etios Cross yet.