February 11, 2016: A special edition of the Toyota Etios Cross named “Dynamique” is slated to be launched in India, soon. The upcoming crossover hatchback will remain mechanically unchanged, but will incorporate aesthetic and feature updates on the outside and inside of the car. Speaking of the updates, the new car will incorporate black-finished door handles and wing mirrors. The roof rails of the car will also flaunt black inserts and the c-pillar of the crossover hatch will flaunt a ‘Dynamique’ badge. Toyota will offer this iteration of Etios Cross in two colour schemes viz. Inferno Orange and White. This update will help the automaker provide a dual-tone cabin upholstery, which is exclusive to the colour scheme selected for the body of the car.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||18.04||23.59||67.06bhp @ 3800rpm|
||18.04||23.59||67.06bhp @ 3800rpm|
||13.29||17.71||78.90bhp @ 5600rpm|
||12.04||16.78||88.76bhp @ 5600rpm|
Toyota Etios Cross being a compact cross over is bestowed with a rugged exterior package which includes exclusive cosmetics like nudge guard, side skirts, fenders, roof rails, bumper claddings and model name badging. All the variants in this series have been bestowed with a set of diamond cut alloy wheels. It looks quite stylish from inside with a piano black color theme and its seats are covered with sporty fabric that has contrast stitching. Both the variants in this series have been integrated with a 2-DIN audio system featuring remote control, an air conditioning unit, accessory power sockets, rear defogger and power windows. While the high end version is also bestowed with leather wrapped steering wheel that has control switches for audio and phone. Safety quotient is enhanced by offering dual front airbags as standard for all its variants. It also has aspects like anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, engine immobilizer and keyless entry function. This model series is available in two petrol and one diesel engine option. The entry level petrol trim is equipped with a 1.2-litre, while the top end trim is equipped with a 1.5-litre engine, both of which are based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. On the other hand, both the diesel variants are fitted with a 1.4-litre D-4D engine that has common rail fuel injection technology. All these engines have been mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. Company offers a warranty period for three years or one lakh kilometers (whichever is earlier). This can be further extended to another two years at an additional cost.
Its front facade is fitted with a stylish radiator grille, which is accompanied by a silver garnished nudge guard and company's insignia embedded on to the radiator grille. There is an aggressive headlight cluster, that houses halogen headlamps. However, the turn indicators have been placed in the fog lamp console, which gives it a distinct look. The black colored front bumper has a wide air intake section along with a pair of fog lamps, which dazzles the front facade. The rear profile looks quite elegant, thanks to the rear spoiler that is in dual tone color scheme. The tailgate is decorated with company's logo and variant lettering. Surrounding this is the radiant taillight cluster that is powered by powerful brake lights and turn indicators. The side profile has a sporty appeal, thanks to the exclusive body kit featuring masculine fenders and lower claddings. Interestingly, all the variants in this series have been equipped with a set of stylish 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, which further enhances its masculine stance. This compact crossover also has trendy features like body colored ORVMs and door handles wherein the B pillars are garnished in glossy black. In addition to this, its side skirts are further fitted with aluminum strips, which enhances its sporty appeal. Its outside mirror caps have been integrated with turn indicators, which provide additional safety.
This vehicle is built with a wheelbase of 2460mm, which is quite long. It has a total length of 3895mm along with a decent width of 1735mm. Its height is measured at 1555mm, whereas the ground clearance is only 170mm.
Ed's Take: The Cross has no different interiors than the Etios sedan. Despite the shorter wheelbase, there is sufficient room for five in the car. The interior trim is black and the instrument panel is piano black in colour. The interiors are refreshing than before.
It is incorporated with wide and well cushioned seats that are covered with sporty fabric upholstery. There is model name badging on the front seat covers, which gives it a distinctive look. The entire cabin is decorated with the attractive piano black color scheme that gives a pleasant feel to its passengers. It is further complimented by silver accentuated steering wheel as well as chrome garnished air vents and gear shift knob as well. There is a three spoke steering wheel, glove box, AC vents and a center console that is integrated with music system. Instrument cluster has a digital trip meter, tachometer along with door ajar indicator, headlamp-on, low fuel consumption and driver seat belt warning lamp notifications. There are front sun visors available along with vanity mirror on the passenger side. In addition to these, it has a digital clock, day and night inside rear view mirror, three assist grips with coat hooks, front cabin lights, accessory socket, remote fuel lid as well as tailgate opener for added convenience.
Plenty of aspects are present in this series that make this vehicle to be considered as a comfortable one. An air conditioner is there for regulating the cabin's temperature. This unit also has a heater function and air filter to it. All the doors are integrated with power windows and there is an auto up/down switch that is present on the driver's side. It is bestowed with an electronic steering wheel that will help reduce the amount of driver's effort to a great extent. Furthermore, there is tilt adjustment also to the steering. In order to charge small electronic devices, there is a 12V power socket available in the front. There are seats that are pretty wide and cushiony. There seats have integrated headrests that can be adjustable. There is adjusting facility according to height t the driver's seat, whereas the rear seat has 60:40 split folding which will provide for extended storage capacity. As an added convenience, the outside rear view mirrors can be electronically adjusted. When it comes to storage capacity inside the cabin, there are map pockets in the door trims and a glove box in the dashboard. For the sake of entertainment, there is a 2DIN music system which has a CD, MP3 player, radio tuner, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity as well. To assist in the parking job, there are parking sensors integrated to its rear bumper. There are reading lamps fitted in the compartment.
About five occupants can be accommodated in this vehicle with a lot of ease. The leg room is plenty and as a result of having large wheelbase, the shoulder space is also good enough. Tall persons can also sit conveniently due to the head space it possesses. About 251 litres of massive boot space is available which is advantageous in undertaking long journeys.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Etios Cross is good and it is thanks to the power-to-weight that despite lower power ratings, it has good acceleration.
Both diesel and petrol motors with an advanced five speed manual transmission gearbox. Its 1.4-litre mill, which helps the vehicle to attain a top speed of around 160 to 165 kmph. Meanwhile, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in close to 18 seconds, which is quite good. Its 1.5-litre petrol motor allows the vehicle to reach the 100 Kmph speed barrier in the range of approximately 11 to 12 seconds. At the same time, it enables the vehicle to reach a maximum speed of about 150 to 160 Kmph. While the 1.2-litre mill is also perkier, as it can zoom towards the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in just 14 seconds. This engine helps the vehicle to achieve a top speed of about 145 to 150 Kmph, which is quite good.
Ed's Take: Both the engines on the Etios Cross are good enough and you can pick up of the two, depending on your running. This is one department that you do not have to worry about.
This model series is offered with two petrol and one diesel engine options. The diesel variants are incorporated with a 1.4-litre, D-4D engine that can displace 1364cc. It carries four cylinders that are further fitted with eight valves are based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration and has common rail fuel injection system. The maximum power produced by this motor is 67.06bhp at 3800rpm and can generate a peak torque output of 170Nm in the range of 1800 to 2400rpm. It has a 1.2-litre petrol mill that comes with the total displacement capacity of 1197cc. This carries four cylinders, which are integrated with 16 valves. This can produce a peak power of 78.9bhp at 5600rpm along with a maximum torque output of 104Nm at 3100rpm. A few trims are also equipped with a 1.5-litre, petrol power plant that is capable of displacing 1496cc. This has the ability to generate a maximum power of 88.76bhp at 5600rpm. At the same time, yields a hammering torque output of 132Nm at 3000rpm, which is rather good. Both these motors are based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration and integrated with an electronic fuel injection system. All the three engines are skillfully paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox, which distributes torque output to its front wheels.
Ed's Take: The light body weight of the Etios and the Etios Liva helps to make them highly efficient vehicles. The Etios Cross too, is based on the same platform. The diesel can stunt you with its fuel efficiency figures.
Both petrol engines have been incorporated with an electronic fuel injection system. Its 1.2-litre petrol mill has the ability to give away a maximum mileage of 17.71 kmpl on highways and a minimum of 13.29 kmpl on city roads. While the 1.5-litre petrol mill can produce a minimum mileage of approximately 12.04 kmpl in peak traffic conditions, but gives way a maximum mileage of 16.78 Kmpl on expressways. Its D-4D diesel engine is incorporated with an advanced common rail fuel injection technology. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum mileage of 23.59 kmpl on city roads, which goes down to a minimum of 18.04 Kmpl on highways.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the petrol and diesel versions of the Etios Cross is decent, but the drivability is phenomenal. Especially of the 1.5-litre petrol.
Its diesel engine is based on single overhead camshaft valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 8-valves. This mill can unleash a power of 67.06bhp and a pounding torque output of 170Nm, which is quite good. Both the petrol engines in this series are based on a DOHC valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16-valves. Its 1.2-litre mill has the ability to produce a maximum power of 78.9bhp along with a peak torque output of 104Nm. While its 1.5-litre mill has the ability to pump out a maximum power of 88.76bhp and a hammering torque output of 132Nm.
Ed's Take: The Etios Cross gets features like in-built music system, steering mounted audio controls and alloy wheels. The wheels on the Cross are 15-inch from the Etios sedan, and hence the ground clearance of the Etios Cross has been increased by 4 mm.
A 2-DIN music system which can be controlled by a remote is present. This can support a CD, MP3, AM/FM and a USB which is complimented by four speakers. Additionally, high end variants are blessed with Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity as well. The audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel. Apart from these, the user can further customize the vehicle with many other accessories at an additional cost from an authorized dealer.
Ed's Take: The ride on the Etios Cross is well sorted at low speeds. It glides over potholes with a muted thud. The handling is better on the Liva as it has a shorter wheelbase, but it does get a bit jittery and unsettled at higher speeds.
When it comes to suspension, its front axle has a McPherson strut whereas the rear axle is fitted with a torsion beam. Its braking mechanism consists of a set of efficient ventilated disc brakes. While its rear wheels have a standard set of drum brakes. An anti lock braking system is coupled with an electronic brake force distribution. This will help in gaining extra control over the vehicle on all kinds of roads. This is not offered to the base trim. Additionally, electronic power assisted steering system that is very responsive. A minimum turning radius of about 4.8 meters is good for handling the vehicle on narrow roads.
Ed's Take: The Etios Cross petrol gets all the safety features airbags and ABS, however, this is an optional package on the diesel version.
Plenty of features are equipped in this section to provide strong protection to the vehicle as well as to the passengers. Airbags are present for the driver and co-driver too which are based on supplemental restraint system. An anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake force distribution is equipped in GD variant. A keyless entry and an engine immobilizer will minimize theft related worries by avoiding unauthorized access. Its body structure is well built in order to reduce the impact caused by collision. A high mount stop lamp is fitted at the rear end and we can see a defogger integrated to the rear windscreen. Furthermore, there is a wiper fixed to this glass. Other safety features include a parking brake warning, door ajar, driver seat belt and headlamp on reminders as well which are embedded into the instrument panel.
A 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels are equipped to all the trims. A set of tubeless radial tyres of size 185/60 R16 are covered over these rims. Additionally, boot compartment has a full size spare wheel along with a tool kit which will be useful in changing a flat tyre.
1. Shoulder and head space is an advantage.
2. Plenty of comfort enhancing features.
3. Very compelling external design.
4. Performance of the diesel motor is impressive.
5. Cabin is uniquely designed.
1. Boot space is less.
2. Petrol variants are not fuel efficient.
3. Lack of leather upholstery.
4. Price range a notch too high.
5. Safety quotient needs to be improved.
|1.4L GD |
|1.4L VD |
|1.2L G |
|1.5L V |
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