Etios 2010-2012 Diesel TRD Sportivo Review
The Toyota Etios series of sedans, which are being sold in the Indian as well as a few other international automobile markets are said to be one of the most economical model lineup, which are made by the Japanese automotive giant, Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyota Etios in the diesel version is one of the most reasonably priced sedans in the Indian car market. This diesel sedan is a boon to the Indian customers as it is easy on the pocket and has wonderful features. Riding on the success of this impressive sedan, the company has now launched the energetic limited edition Toyota Etios Diesel TRD Sportivo. This latest entrant is being offered in both petrol and diesel trims with some added features. The Indian market is presently leaning heavily towards the diesel engine based cars as the petrol prices are escalating and the demand for these petrol engine based sedans has diminished drastically. The Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo Diesel has been lavishly designed by the company and it also performs exceptionally well on the Indian roads. The company has added quite a number of comfort features along with some very important and crucial safety features as well in this spectacular limited edition sedan. The diesel engine is power packed and has been attuned to generate a healthy power and torque, which is extremely pertinent for the Indian roads. The braking and suspension mechanism is robust and advanced that keeps this Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo well balanced and makes it easier to handle on any road. The insides are done up tastefully and this Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo Limited Editionis very roomy and has quite a lot of space for all the passengers. This sedan offers liberal leg room along with ample head and shoulder space along with comfortably accommodating five passengers with ease. The company has fitted this sedan with a power packed diesel mill of 1.4 L, which also generates impressive mileage and is a pleasure to drive.
The exteriors of this 2012 Toyota Etios Diesel TRD Sportivo Limited Editionare brilliant and attention grabbing, but at the same time has a very refined and sleek look to it. The overall structure is aerodynamic and makes this sedan look modish, uncomplicated yet very well dressed. The front radiator grille is very characteristic with the other Toyota cars but this limited edition variant gets a front bumper spoiler as well that is designed by TRD and makes the frontage look refined. The radiator grille has a smiling face appeal to it, which also makes it look attractive and adds to the beauty of the front fascia of the Toyota Etios Limited Edition. The renowned badge of the company is fixed in the center of this slatted front grille, which also has some chrome on it. This smart grille is flanked by a large head light cluster, which is big and is powered with high power lamps. Apart from these bright head lights, the front body colored bumper has a neat design and adds to the overall front look of this sedan. The side profile of this Etios TRD Sportivo Limited Editionhas body colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors, which add to this sedan’s overall appeal. While, the subtle yet neatly carved wheel arches have been fitted with a exclusive set of 15 inch light alloy wheels with tubeless tyres of size 185/60 R15 that have a sturdy road grip . This sedan also has B Pillar on both sides and also has side protection mouldings with chrome insert that boosts the style of this sedan and also minimizes damage as well. This Toyota Etios Limited Editionsedan also gets body side graphics and decals and side skirts. The rear end has a smartly done up boot lid with chrome garnish on it along with a bright and stylish tail lamp cluster. Apart from this, the limited edition variant also gets exclusive TRD Sportivo badging, which makes it look exclusive. The overall dimensions of this roomy sedan are very appealing with a total length of 4265mm along with an overall width of 1695mm, while the total height of this sedan is 1510mm along with a spacious and large wheel base of 2550mm and a remarkable ground clearance of 170mm with a short and excellent minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters. The fuel tank of this sedan can hold up to 45 litres of diesel, while the boot space is very large and can accommodate quite a number of things in its 595 litres. The gross vehicle weight of this 2012 Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo Limited Edition is about 1440 kgs.
The insides of this reasonably priced Toyota Etios Diesel TRD Sportivo Limited Editionhas been done up tastefully by the company. The plastic surfaces inside are smooth and the company has used good quality material, which will surely delight the buyers. The space and comfort this limited edition sedan offers inside is extremely good and there is lot of space for all the passengers. The seating arrangement is very relaxed with dual tone premium upholstery with TRD Sportivo logo on it, which gets along with the exteriors as well. There is a lot of storage space with cup holders near the gear shift lever and small storage spaces as well. All the doors of this elegant sedan also have pockets to store smaller and practical things, which come in handy while driving. The outside rear view mirrors can be adjusted from inside, while this sedan also has a day and night internal rear view mirror as well. The three spoke electric power steering wheel is very responsive , while the gear shift knob is treated with chrome. The air conditioner vents are vertically placed, which is a new completely new concept used by the company. The driver visor doesn’t have a mirror in it, but the passenger side sun visor has a mirror, while this sedan also has three assist grips with a coat hook as well. This limited edition sedan also has a remote tailgate and fuel lid opener to add to the convenience of the driver. This sedan has a total of seven bottle holders, which can hold a one litre bottle in it and the luggage compartment also has a lamp as well.
Engine and Performance
The 2012 Toyota Etios TRD Diesel Sportivo Limited Editionvariant is fitted with a performance packed 1.4 L, 4 cylinders, D-4D diesel power train, which has 8 valves and a single overhead cam shaft. This commanding power plant has the capacity to displace 1364cc along with a peak power yield of 66.64 Bhp at 3800 Rpm and a maximum torque output of 170 Nm at 1800 - 2400 Rpm. This power packed drive train has been cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box and has a D-4D fuel injection, which is acommon rail direct fuel injection and a modern version of the acclaimed direct fuel injection system for a diesel mill to improve the fuel efficiency. The mileage of this wonderful sedan is said to be 23.59 kmpl, which is under standard driving conditions. The top speed of this Limited edition sedan is said to be somewhere around 163 kmph. On the other hand, this efficient diesel power train has the ability to propel this sedan from 0 – 100 kmph in just about 15.88 seconds, which is reasonably good .
Braking and Handling
The company has given this wonderful Etios TRD Diesel Sportivo Limited Edition,a well balanced suspension and a remarkable braking system, which helps and efficiently works to keep the occupants as well as the sedan very protected. The front wheels have been equipped with a ventilated disc, while the rear end wheels have been given drum brakes for proficient braking. On the other hand, the front axle of this Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo Limited Editionhas been fitted with a McPherson strut, whereas the rear axle gets a torsion beam type mechanism to keep the car stable and steady even on bad roads.
This latest Toyota Etios Limited Editionhas been bestowed with quite a few safety functions. The company has equipped this limited edition variant with an advanced engine immobilizer for any unauthorized entry, keyless entry, a driver seat belt notification, door open warning lamp and a few other such crucial features , which will assist in keeping the passengers and the vehicle secure
The list of comfort features which have been integrated into this wonderful 2012 Toyota Etios Diesel TRD Sportivo Limited Editionare more than a few. The company has included quite a few convenience and utility features, which will be definitely liked by the customers. These advanced comfort features include a proficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit that also has a clean air filter and cools the entire cabin within no time, power windows for all the 4 doors, an electric power steering that is adjustable and very responsive, remote central locking, a glove box that cools the things kept in it, front cabin lights , a power outlet of 12V in the front, integrated sporty front head rests and pillow type rear head rests, a digital tripmeter and four speakers as well along with several other such thrilling convenience features, which will definitely mesmerize the customers into buying this outstanding limited edition sedan.
Stylish exteriors, powerful engine, good mileage.
Engine noise can be reduced and a few more features can be added.