The exterior updates only include a new alloy wheel pattern, while the rest remains the same. The major changes are in the cabin, which gets a new steering wheel and instrument cluster. Despite the dashboard-mounted panel still being positioned in the centre, the analogue display is now replaced by a digital one. There are no revisions to the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which was introduced last year. The other features that have made it to the interior of the car include cruise control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, a head restraint and a three point seat belt for the middle seat passenger.
The powertrain options remain the same with the 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i flex fuel mills on offer. However, Toyota has tuned these engines for added performance and made them nine per cent more fuel efficient. Also, the 1.5-litre unit gets a power bump of 10.5bhp, making it deliver 107bhp of power. The transmission options include a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox.
This is a mid-cycle refresh for the Toyota Etios and comes as an improvement to the earlier model. It would be interesting to see if Toyota Kirloskar Motors also introduces these changes to Etios cars in the Indian market.