That the Etios sedan and hatchback duo haven’t managed to set sales charts on fire isn’t much of a secret. One of the biggest reasons for this lacklustre performance is the tedious styling of these cars. Toyota has already taken note of this and plans to endow the next gen 2016 Toyota Etios with a ‘much better design.’. In an interview with media, Hisayuki Inoue, CEO Asia-Pacific operations, Toyota has said, “Design is one issue and you will see that the new version will have a much better design” . Talking more about the Etios duo, the company has said that Etios’ strengths of decent fuel efficiency, space and durability “have not been appreciated by the young customers in the cities”. Talking more on this, Inoue has said that Toyota is in process of studying market and customer preferences for the design of the 2016 Toyota Etios.
The next generation Toyota Etios is expected to look completely different from the current model. The new Etios will make its public debut in 2015 and could come in multiple body variants. Quite unsurprisingly, next gen Etios could also spawn a compact SUV.
Recently, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) displayed the new Etios Cross at the Indian Auto Expo and the car is being expected to be launched in May thi year. Toyota Etios Cross bookings in India have already commenced and a booking can be registed for an amount of INR 50,000.
Toyota Etios Cross will go on sale with three engine options –
- 1.5 L Petrol (which has a peak power of 90 PS at 5600 rpm)
- 1.2 L Petrol (which has a peak power of 80 PS @ 5600 rpm)
- 1.4 L Diesel (which has a peak power of 68 PS @ 3800 rpm)
via Autocar India