One of the much talked about vehicles, Toyota Etios Cross has made its entry to the Indian car bazaar with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The Toyota Etios Cross 1.4L VD is the top end diesel variant that is equipped with an single overhead cam shaft based 1.4-litre engine, which can produce a power of 67.06bhp in combination with a torque output of 170Nm. It is paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox, which helps it to deliver an impressive mileage of approximately 23.59 Kmpl. This latest series comes with exclusive cosmetics in terms of both exteriors and interiors as well. The outsides are fitted with a black body kit, which is also incorporated with aluminum protective cladding. It is also equipped with a stylish set of diamond cut alloy wheels that are covered with tubeless radial tyres, which gives a magnificent look to the vehicle. The insides have been blessed with numerous utility and comfort based features like an air conditioner unit, music system with speakers, multi-functional power steering and many more such aspects. Despite being equipped with numerous exterior features, it comes with a total weight of 1030 Kgs, which is quite decent. On the other hand, this compact crossover has a total boot space capacity of 251 litres along with a fuel storage capacity of 41 litres, which is quite good.
The exteriors of this newly launched Toyota Etios Cross model series is simply magnificent, thanks to the rugged body kit that comes with a lot of masculine aspects. To start with its front profile, it is very rugged with a stylishly designed headlight cluster along with a neatly structured bumper. The radiator grille is quite trendy and is fitted with a single horizontally positioned slat, which is also equipped with the company's logo in the center. The black colored bumper is designed with a sleeker air dam that is accompanied with an aluminum protective strip under it. Furthermore, the company has fitted a guard that starts from the upper bezel of radiator grille to the lower end of the bumper. This bumper also features a pair of fog lamps along with turn indicators in the same console, which further enhances its frontage. Coming to the rear profile, it features a distinctly designed clear lens taillight cluster that surrounds a curvy tailgate, which is embossed with a chrome plated company's insignia along with a black colored strip with 'Etios Cross' lettering on it. The rear bumper also comes in body color, but it is fitted with a protective cladding, which further emphasizes its sporty look. Its side profile is absolutely muscular, thanks to the astutely carved out wheel arches, which are equipped with a set of diamond cut alloy rims that have tubeless radial tyres on them.
The internal cabin of the newly introduced Toyota Etios Cross 1.4L VD trim is done up with a piano black color scheme using premium quality materials. The car maker has used a lot of chrome and silver inserts, especially on the AC vents , gearshift knob and also on the steering wheel. Other aspects bestowed inside are fabric inserts in door trims, three assist grips along with coat hooks, remote fuel lid and a tail gate opener, a digital clock, leather wrapped steering wheel, a total of seven bottle holders at different places inside and many other such aspects.
Engine and Performance:
This top end diesel trim is powered by a 1.4-litre, D-4D diesel engine that is integrated with an advanced common rail direct fuel injection system. This power plant is based on SOHC valve configuration with four cylinders, which further has 8-valves in it. This diesel motor displaces 1364cc , which enables it to produce a peak power output of 67.06bhp at 3800rpm that results in generating a commanding torque of 170Nm in the range of 1800 to 2400rpm. Its front wheels derive the torque output from the engine via a five speed manual transmission gearbox, which helps in delivering a mileage of close to 23.59 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
This Toyota Etios Cross 1.4L VD is the high end diesel trim and it is blessed with a proficient braking mechanism. The company has fitted ventilated disc brakes to the front wheels, while equipping the rear ones with conventional drum brakes. In addition to these, the car maker has also incorporated anti lock braking system in combination with electronic brake force distribution, which will further reinforce the braking mechanism. On the other hand, its front axle is equipped with an advanced McPherson strut , while the rear axle is coupled with a robust torsion beam suspension, which keeps the vehicle stable irrespective of any road conditions. Furthermore, it comes incorporated with a highly responsive power assisted steering system, which makes maneuvering simpler.
This top end variant is blessed with a long list of features, which includes an internally adjustable external mirror, an AC unit with heater and clean air filter, power windows with driver side auto down function, power steering with tilt adjuster, a cooled glove box unit, front power outlets, adjustable headrests, a tachometer, rear defogger, digital tripmeter and other advanced features. The manufacturer has also installed several utility based features including seven bottle holders, a leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel, assist grips with coat hook, digital clock and remote fuel lid and tailgate opener. It is also equipped with a 2-DIN music system that features a Radio, MP3/CD player, USB/AUX-In slot and Bluetooth connectivity as well.
This trim comes with quite a number of crucial yet sophisticated protective aspects. The list includes a rear defogger, central locking system, an advanced anti lock braking system accompanied with electronic brake force distribution, which further augments the braking efficiency of this vehicle. The instrument cluster has been equipped with several notifications, which include headlamp-on, door ajar warning , parking brake pulled up notification and a driver seat belt reminder as well. Then this trim is also equipped with a key less entry and a proficient engine immobilizer as well to ward off any unapproved entry into the vehicle.
1. Unique and rugged looking exteriors is a big plus point.
2. Diesel engine performance is very good.
1. Several other comfort and safety aspects can be added.
2. Ground clearance is quite less for this segment.