Our friends at TheCarDrivng.com have reported that Toyota Indonesia is ready to launch the 2013 Toyota Etios Valco in Indonesia next week. The ‘Valco’ suffix is exclusive to the Indonesian market, the brand ‘Liva’ is used in India while the hatch sells in South Africa and Brazil without an extended name.
Toyota announced back in December that the Liva was on its way to the Indonesian market. The Indonesian buyers will get a 1.2-liter petrol motor with maximum power output of 80hp @ 5,600rpm and a peak torque output of 103.9Nm @ 3,100 rpm.
The Valco measures 3.77m long, 1.69m wide and 1.5m tall with a wheelbase of 2.46m. The interior is equipped with air conditioning, 2-DIN audio system with USB port, FM radio, MP3, WMA and CD player as standard. Safety features such as airbags, ABS brakes and EBD are also listed.
The Etios Valco will be assembled at the Karawang plant in Indonesia. We have not gotten confirmation about the point of sourcing yet. The Etios is made in just two countries – India and Brazil – and Brazil only makes the LHD, which is unfit for the Indonesian market.
The Valco hatchback sports several visual changes including a revised three bar grille, front bumper with sharp edges and redesigned foglight enclosures. It has to be noted that Toyota is doing a cosmetic refresh for the Liva in India with changes along similar lines.
Toyota will retail the Valco in three trim levels – G, E and J and six exterior paint options. The main competitors include the Honda Brio, Kia Picanto and the Nissan Micra.
[Source – TheCarDriving.com]