Toyota Etios Cross test drive is a must for gutsy Indians
Do you remember Cross Polo? No, you don’t? Well, the Cross Polo is Volkswagen Polo with premium price tag and lots of meaningless plastic bits. Taking clues form Cross Polo; Toyota used the sedate looking Toyota Etios Liva, placed it on steroid cycle, slapped lot of SUV type’s bits and presented the Etios Cross.
With Etios Cross, Toyota attempts to cash in on the Indians’ new love for crossovers and compact SUVs. If you are thinking, what the reason or rationale behind Toyota Etios Cross, then let’s tell you that Toyota aims to tap and target the young and the restless people out there with Etios Cross. Cross is especially put together for wooing in customers primarily under thirties – someone who carves the trappings and style of compact SUV, but do not have the required money to purchase one. In the present time when SUVs have become de facto kings of automotive segment, Toyota’s latest offering in this segment, Etios Cross is a must to test drive for the gutsy Indians. Let’s see why.
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On the exterior front, the Etios Cross gets a smart looking grill guard and bolder face, while the sideees are embellished by a black plastic cladding which is running from front bumper to the rear one. The Toyota Etios Cross gets a matte finished black color plastic cladding all over, prominent roof rails, blackened B-pillar, skid plates, spoiler, bold front grille,15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, ORVMs with turning indicators , ‘Etios Cross’ badge on sides and boot lid and rear window wiper with defogger, all of which offer this car a very muscular look. Cladding makes Etios Cross 45mm taller, 120mm longer and 40mm wider than Etios Lava and this ensures that it stands out. So, tests drive it today and get ready to catch the eye balls around you.
The Etios Cross cabin has been embellished as well. Seats with the ‘Etios Cross’ badge and white stitching, piano black interiors, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 2 DIN audio system, make this cabin a very happening place to sit and drive. The car is quite spacious with very comfortable front and rear seats. It also has a big, usable boot space of 251 liters.
The Etios Cross is available in both diesel and petrol options. Toyota has not tinkered or tweaked with its engines and therefore, the power output remains the same as before. You have an option of choosing from one diesel engine and two petrol engines. The 79bhp, 1.2 liter petrol engine powers base Etios Cross, whereas the top model Cross has a bigger 89bhp, 1.5 liter engine. The Diesel Cross employs the 1.4 liter D-4D engine. As the changes in Cross are cosmetic, the torque of 170Nm and power output of 67bhp stays unchanged. But when you will drive it, you are surely going to love it. However, riding Etios Cross is quite absorbent and suspension does a wonderful job of protecting the cabin for the worst roads out there. Handing is pretty decent and chunky steering wheel is weighted nicely as well.
The D-4D diesel engine is included with advanced common railed fuel injection technology. This has the capability to produce maximum mileage on city roads of 23.59 kmpl and minimum mileage on highways of 18.04 kmpl.
Now here is some good news for you. Etios Cross comes with ABS with EBD, the dual front airbags for your safety and collision absorbing body. It also gets anti chip coating, under body coating and anti-corrosion steel sheets at the areas that are prone to rusting.