2016 Toyota Etios and Etios Liva Facelift to Launch on 13th September: changes are limited to interior and exterior
Toyota Kirloskar Motor will be launching the facelifted avatar of the Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatchback for the Indian market during this festive season. A major advantage of launching a product during the carnival time is more people willing to buy cars at attractive discount prices and Toyota is looking to pounce on that.
The updated versions of the Etios twins were revealed to the Brazilian space last month and will be launching in our country on 13th or 14th September. The Japanese auto giant currently has the recently launched Innova Crysta as its bestselling product and the festive season launch means the new Etios duo could help boost the brand’s sales numbers.
The company is in final preparations to launch these updated vehicles who have so far had below par performance in terms of sales. The mid-cycle refresh for the Etios twins will have a comprehensively redesigned front fascia as identical to the updates seen on the Brazilian-spec Etios Platinum model. It will be adorned with a new V-shaped grille with black inserts and chrome touches, a sporty looking bumper, larger air inlets and round-shaped fog lamps.
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At the rear, it will feature revised chrome strip running across the length of the boot and an updated bumper. The 2016 Etios and Etios Liva have already been spied in India and based on the spy images emerged on the internet we can say that it gets a two-tone black and beige dashboard with beige fabric seats, chrome inserts for the air vents and multi-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls wrapped in leather.
Proportionally the updated models will remain unchanged while getting a newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels as opposed to 14-inches currently available. The Etios twins were criticised of the lackluster interiors and equipment level for its underachieving sales. To offset that Toyota could introduce a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation in the top-spec trims of Etios Sedan.
The cosmetic upgrades would be accompanied by powertrain changes as the engine lineup will remain the same. The 1.5-litre petrol motor will continue to deliver 90 PS and 132 Nm torque while the 1.4-litre diesel mill will push out 68 PS and 170 Nm. Both will be coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels.