IAB Exclusive – Toyota Etios Cross caught in India; Auto Expo debut likely

Posted on Jan 6 2014 - 9:54am IST
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Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian subsidiary of Toyota, will soon launch the Etios Cross variant. And here’s proof.

The Toyota Etios Cross was caught during its promotional film shoot by Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Sanket Bansod in Magarpatta City, Pune.

As our readers may remember, Toyota launched the Etios Cross in markets such as Brazil and Argentina late last year. Mechanically, the car is based on the Liva and sports the same running gear. However, the visuals of the hatchback have been tweaked to give it a rugged appearance.

Toyota Etios Cross India spied

The Toyota Etios Cross will rival the VW Cross Polo in India. It would also be the first RHD Cross Etios in the world.

The exterior upgrades come in the form of a silver skid guard and an additional front bumper. The hatchback sports black plastic moldings on the front, sides and rear, and gets anodized silver roof rails. Other enhancements come in the form of diamond-cut alloy wheels, ‘Etios Cross’ badges, and a set of additional accessory lights in the front bumper.

Inside, the Etios Cross is expected to receive chrome highlights for the aircon vents, while the seat fabrics would see ‘Etios Cross’ embroidered on them.

TKM will most likely launch the Etios Cross only in the top-end V and VD trims. In Brazil, the Etios Cross commands a price premium of INR 80,000 over the top-end variant.

In India, the Etios Cross will rival the VW Cross Polo and the upcoming Fiat Punto Cross. Expect to see TKM launch the car at the Auto Expo commencing in Noida early next month.

Toyota Etios Cross Brazil Image Gallery

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  1. Prabhu January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    Why cant Toyota bring the Yaris, Vios instead of bringing this ugly creation. In my opinion, in order to sell, this car should be either priced dead cheap or it should have exceptional performance to rival the best or finally some miracle should happen in the Indian car market !

  2. dparikh January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    Hmm, if this looks ugly then be it so. I think Toyota in order to gain market share wants to launch more cars and I think Toyota has kick stared its operation with the Cross but why is not considering the Vios and the RAV 4. It’s still not too late Lexus brand must come to India.

  3. Aravind January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    What a worst design? Such half-hearted approach wont work. Build a crossover from scratch using Etios platform instead. Also change the dash, stupid toyota..

  4. vinod January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    kick off this stupid model and etios

  5. Ganesh January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    What an ugly creation. TKM has gone nuts right from designing this ugly duck and sad to see they extend the same duck to more models based on that.

  6. Dhananjayan January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    Clear crap!

  7. Ayyappan January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    Gimme a break Toyota !!! This is the worst designed machine I’ve probably seen in my lifetime !!!!

    • Vikram Viswanathan January 6, 2014 at - Reply

      I second that.

  8. Dr. Nayak January 6, 2014 at - Reply

    Can any one make this more uglier than Toyota? Hope ugly sells!

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