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All about the stunning Rs 5-lakh Etios sedan

Last updated on: December 8, 2010 10:19 IST

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Innovative styling, best-in-class space, superior comfort, impressive mileage and legendary Toyota QDR -- that's what the Etios sedan is all about.

The Etios sedan will be available in four variants, J, G, V and VX, competitively priced between Rs 496,330 and Rs 682,519, ex-showroom Mumbai.

Earlier this year Toyota had announced its plans to begin production of engines and transmissions at the Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts in the third quarter of 2012 that will help in increasing the localisation content of the Etios.

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Image: The front and rear view of Etios.
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"It was very important to understand the needs of Indian car buyers and this was done by extensive research by me and my colleagues.

"We found that our target customers are highly price conscious but at the same time want good mileage, space and style.

"One of the strong points of the Etios is its True Sedan design.

"The Etios has been designed as a Sedan platform and not as Hatch with the boot.

"It is smartly packaged with all the attributes for Indians who love to travel with their families - boasts best-in-class cabin and luggage space, ergonomic interiors and superior ride comfort," Yoshinori Noritake, chief engineer of Etios said.

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Image: The Etios and it's creator Yoshinori Noritake - Chief Engineer Toyota Motor Corporation.
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Exterior

A distinctive front grille with a smile line, sculpted surface and dynamic character-line in the front and rear, enhance the presence of the Etios.

The rear has a fluent flowing 'C' pillar, rounded end and three-dimensional combination lamps that enrich the vehicle's exterior from different angles.

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Image: The front grille of Etios.

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Interior

The seats are ergonomically designed units with integrated head rests.

An instrument panel clearly divided into the information area and operation area with a large center meter provides excellent visibility.

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Image: The cockpit inspired interiros of the Etios. The Speedometer console is in the centre so as to minimise loss of attention from the windscreen while driving.
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The Etios has class best cabin and luggage space of 595 litres, a spacious 13-litre cooled glove box, seven one-litre bottle holders, a mobile holder and many more such useful storage spaces inside the car.

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Image: The glove box.

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Performance and comfort

A newly developed 1.5L, 16V DOHC engine coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission that produces high output for best-in-class driving performance.

The torque is available at low RPM for less gear shifting and stress-free city driving.

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Image: The engine.
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The Etios has a superior mileage of 17.6 kmpl which is ARAI tested.

Electric power steering for excellent maneuverability and tilt steering ensures a good ergonomic driving experience.

The steering comes with audio controls for comfort at the driver's fingertips.

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Image: The 13ltr Cooled Glove Box and Front seat space of the Etios.
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The flat type rear floor design offers ease of movement for rear seat passengers.

With its rigid body structure and world class Mac Pherson Strut, the Etios has superior dampening performance providing superior ride comfort.

A class-first 'clean air filter' which is standard across all grades for purified air in the cabin.

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Image: The spacious rear seat of the Etios with a Flat flooring at the centreline.
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Safety

The Etios has various active and passive safety features ensuring the car matches global safety standards.

The various safety features are (i) Energy absorbing body shell (ii) Driver & Passenger Air bags and (iii) ABS with EBD.

Its centrally located combimeter reduces eye movement and hence the driver can concentrate on the road.

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Image: The spacious 595 ltr boot of the Etios.
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Special treatment

To adopt to the various diverse climate and usage conditions in India, special treatment and countermeasures have been implemented:

  • Good ground clearance of 170 mm.
  • Under body protection to prevent damage to fuel and brake lines.
  • Anti-corrosion steel sheets at areas prone to rusting and stone hits.
  • Chipping resistant paint on rocker mould and fender.


Image: Etios Liva, the hatchback version of the Etios.
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