Report – Toyota ‘Etios C’ under development to rival Honda City from 2016

Posted on: Sep 23, 2014 - 2:34pm IST

Based on the Etios’s platform.

A report on the Economic Times says that Toyota is working on a mid-size sedan offering, which is slated for an Indian launch in late 2016. Three people with knowledge about the new car have confirmed to the newspaper.

Toyota Etios TRD Sportlivo rear
The Etios platform will be stretched to make the new mid-size sedan.

The Honda City rival from Toyota will be based on the Etios’s platform, and the car is internally named ‘Etios C’ or Etios Core. The development work on the car has already begun, and when launched, it will slot between the Etios sedan and the Corolla Altis in TKM’s (Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s) lineup. On their part, TKM refused to comment on the product.

Analysts say that TKM is easily able to sell products in the premium segment (Innova, Fortuner and Corolla), but has seen less success in selling entry-level products like the Liva and Etios. It is to be noted that the Etios was developed specifically with the Indian market in mind.

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis Petrol Review
The ‘Etios C’ car will slot below the Corolla Altis in TKM’s lineup.

Also read: 2015 Toyota Etios with new steering, infotainment spotted in Brazil

The Etios C will naturally come with petrol and diesel engine options. Initially, the company plans to sell about 40,000 – 50,000 units per annum, and will see better productivity at TKM’s second factory in Bidadi, Karnataka.

Competitors: Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Sunny, Maruti Ciaz

Expected Price: INR 7.5-11 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Launch date: Late 2016

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[Source – Economic Times]

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5 thoughts on “Report – Toyota ‘Etios C’ under development to rival Honda City from 2016

  1. GJ says:

    Why the hell on the Etios platform. They will never learn. I guess they are good selling the overpriced Innova and Fortuner and Altis.

    They seriously should have brought the Yaris / Vios sedans to start with. This approach is noting less than ridiculous!!

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  2. Charak Patnaik says:

    Toyota India is too slow to get their thoughts into reality. Honda City
    ruling the sales chart is nothing new. It’s doing the same since ages. I
    wonder what was Toyota doing then? Now they are out from a deep slumber
    to compete Honda City with a new C-segment sedan. Fine. Let’s see what
    they have to offer.

    Additionally, it’s high time to replace the
    current dashboard design of Etios to a more contemporary one. Even
    Honda should take a cue from Tata Motors. Zest’s interiors is quite well
    put up. However, it seems Etios and Amaze are fighting to bag an award
    for ‘the worst dashboard-design’. Common! Bring some sense to your
    interiors.

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    1. Amal Abdul Majeed says:

      Toyota cars are not known for how beautiful it looks. They are more
      known for QDR ( Quality, Durability, Reliability ). They will compromise
      and save 30,000 odd on the interiors and instead spend that money on
      long term benefits for the customer like piezo electric injectors, life
      time fuel filters and components that last for ever so as to make the
      maintenance cost cheap. The Etios Diesel is the cheapest car to maintain
      in India. And yes, I’m including even entry level Petrol cars like Alto
      in that comparison. 🙂

      People used to the quality of a Toyota will buy the Etios, and that’s the reason why around 15% of the Etios sales is from Kerala ( used to the quality of Toyota in the middle east )

      Sadly, the typical Indian mentality is that aesthetics matters more than practicality, ergonomics, and durability. We still believe the myth that “Maruti is cheap to maintain” 🙂
      We don’t have an issue if the Swift’s poorly designed dash obstructs the resting of the left knee as long as it is beautiful to look at.

      We don’t have an issue, if the Swift’s rear is so cramped, you cannot even stretch your legs during a long drive as long as it looks good.

      We don’t have an issue, if the rear space of a swift is so claustrophobic, and doesn’t provide a good view of the outside. All we need is a beautiful shining dash. 🙂

      The same Etios was released in South Africa ( where people are more used to the quality of a Toyota, however cheap the car might be ). It consistently ranked between 2 and 5 among all cars sold there ( across all segments )

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      1. T B Joseph says:

        Being an Etios owner,I agree with Mr Majeed verbatim. After all testing a pudding is by eating the same.
        T B Joseph

      2. saravana kumar says:

        I agree with Mr. Majeed, i am using Etios Sedan since 3 years and has spent hardly anything for maintaining my car……that’s Toyota for you…….I am really proud of my decision….people who call toyota etios as dud don’t know the pleasure of driving this vehicle…..peppy engine, excellent mileage, low maintenance cost, driving comfort…..after driving this car i have driven other high ended cars and i feel this car has an edge……don’t mistake i am not a salesperson for toyota i am a proud owner of a toyota car.

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