Toyota will officially launch the new Etios Cross on May 7. Dealerships have been accepting bookings at an amount of Rs. 50,000 since February for the car and have stated that the waiting period will be approximately a month. The new Etios Cross is expected to retail for around Rs. 60,000 more than the price of the standard Liva.
The Cross was first showcased by the carmaker at the Auto Expo in February. The new Etios Cross is essentially Toyota’s regular Liva hatchback with a considerable amount of thick side body cladding to give it a more rugged appearance. On the exterior, the new Cross gets a matte black plastic band that goes right across from its chin, to the flanks and around the rear. It also gets skid plates that have a dull silver finish.
The Etios Cross gets a new front grille with turn indicators in the fog lamps. It also gets roof rails, wing mirrors with turn indicators, a rear spoiler and diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels. It also gets a prominent ‘Etios Cross’ badge across its boot lid. These bits make the new Etios Cross look more rugged than the Liva. The Cross will be offered to buyers in eight colour options. Also, the new car is 120mm longer, 40mm wider and 45mm taller than the standard Liva.
On the inside, you get piano black interiors and sporty seat fabric and Etios Cross badging. It also features a 2-DIN audio system with aux, Bluetooth and USB compatibility. The top variants will also get audio controls on the steering wheel, and a rear defogger and wiper. On the safety front, it will come equipped with ABS and EBD and dual front airbags.
There will be no mechanical changes on the new Cross and it will be sold with the same engine options that are also available on the standard Liva. The Cross will be available with the same 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrols and 1.4-litre diesel motor. Even the power outputs of 79bhp and 89bhp for the 1.2 and 1.5-litre petrols and 68bhp for the 1.4 diesel are identical to the standard Liva hatchback. The 1.2-litre petrol motor will power the base variants of the Etios Cross, while the 1.5-litre petrol motor will be available only on the top trims.