Etios Liva: All the details emerge, except price

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In a typical auto manufacturer fashion, Toyota Kirloskar has provided a pre-launch drive to the renowned print and electronic media. The resultant notes have revealed a lot of interesting information about the car like the engine specs, variants and features offered. So here it is, a crisp and easy to read list of all that you need to know about the Toyota Etios Liva hatchback before you consider buying it.

  • Engine: 1197cc naturally aspirated, inline four engine
  • Power: 80PS @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque: 10.6 kgm @ 3100 rpm
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Best in class ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.63kmpl
  • Engine tuned for city driving, and better efficiency than outright performance
  • Twin front airbags and ABS available in the top variants
  • Variants : J, G, V , VX – just like the Etios sedan, with VX being the top of the line variant and J being the lowest spec
  • Kerb weight of 920kg makes it one of the lightest cars around. Class leading 85.8bhp/tonne  power to weight ratio
  • Engine a derivative of the 1.5-liter Etios sedan power plant. Essentially employs a shorter stroke. As a characteristic property of short stroke engines, the low end driveability shouldn’t be too great
  • Top variants get some really neat visual add-ons such as chin spoiler, side skirts and roof spoiler
  • Styling remains true to its sedan sibling to the tee
  • Liberal shoulder and leg space at the back seat
  • 251 liters of boot space
  • Rear seat foldable, but not split
  • Steering mounted audio controls on the top of the line VX variant
  • Good ground clearance of 170mm
  • Fuel Tank : 45 liters
  • The ride quality of the car is said to be acceptable
  • Official launch on the 27th of July, along with disclosure of prices

Just like the Etios sedan, the Liva too should be priced aggressively by Toyota. It may not be the best equipped or the most powerful car in its segment, but sure has the best in class fuel economy to boast. The interior, just like its sedan sibling should be hard wearing, functional, but not too pretty to look at. Space, again, as the reports suggest is one of the biggest virtues of the new Etios. The looks, however, aren’t its forte.

Price? Well, for us, a starting point of 4 lakh for the base variant, and a 5.5 lakh ex-showroom price should create plenty of trouble for the Liva’s rivals. Would you spend that much money on the Liva? Or would you rather go for the upcoming Beat diesel? OR, will you wait for the new Swift? Wait, a second, the Brio too, is just around the corner, so would you rather have that H badge on your car’s grille? Of course, the Figo and the i10 are there for the taking too. What according to you is the best option for someone with 5 lakh rupees in his pocket and looking for a comfortable city drive for himself. Do let us know, of course, along with your reasons.

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