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January 28, 2014
Toyota is looking to spice up its line-up in India with a few stylish cars at the Auto Expo, the most significant of which will be the new Corolla. Gone is the safe styling of the former model and in comes a more youthful look. Another big difference, especially for the chauffeur-driven, is that the wheelbase is now 100mm longer, and this has liberated a lot of space at the rear. Toyota has also worked on making the cabin feel more premium – so there’s a lot more equipment and higher quality materials. The engines (a 1.8 petrol and a 1.4 diesel), though, will continue.

Another car on display will be the Etios Cross. It’s a beefed up and butch looking version of the Liva hatchback and gets rugged looking front and rear bumpers, thick side body cladding, new 10-spoke alloys, and roof rails. There won’t be any mechanical changes, so it will be available with either a 1.4-litre diesel or the 89bhp 1.5-litre petrol from the Liva TRD Sportivo.

The Cross may be a pseudo SUV but the Toyota stand will have the Land Cruiser Prado and legendary LC200 at the Expo as well. But to us, the real star of the stand will be the GT86. It’s got a 2.0-litre boxer engine and is said to drift at will.