Toyota has launched the facelifted models of the Etios sedan and Liva hatchback. The Etios facelift is priced starting at Rs. 5.74 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the petrol model and Rs. 6.84 lakh for the diesel; while the Liva facelift starts at Rs. 4.76 lakh for the petrol model and Rs. 5.94 lakh for the diesel.
The noteworthy changes on the facelifts are the new grille design and dual front airbags as standard across all trims. Mid-specced trims get additions like fabric upholstery, two rear speakers, buzzer warning for driver’s seatbelt, doors and headlamps and a larger LCD display with a clock for the instrument cluster. Top trims get a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, aux-in and steering-mounted controls, cooled glovebox, rear parking sensors, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, new alloys and some faux-wood finish for the armrests in the cabin.
Also to be noted is that Toyota has tweaked the badging for the facelift models. The base trim does not carry any badging while the G, GD trims remain the same. The V, VD trims have been discontinued and now the G, GD trims with special pack have been badged V, VD. The top-end V, VD trims with special pack now carry a VX, VXD badge.
Mechanically, the facelifted Etios and Liva models retain engines from the current car – the 1.2- and 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel.
In what comes across as a very positive move, the facelifted models point to an increased focus on safety by Toyota. By offering dual front airbags as standard across the range, Toyota has followed Volkswagen’s suit, which offered dual front airbags on all trim levels of the new Polo.
Petrol Rs. 5.74 - 7.06 lakh
Diesel Rs. 6.84 - 8.16 lakh
Toyota Etios Liva
Petrol Rs. 4.76 - 6.57 lakh
Diesel Rs. 5.94 - 6.95 lakh
(All prices, ex-showroom Delhi)