Spied in Brazil – Toyota Etios Cross is a VW Cross Polo challenger
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Indian Autos Blog reported that Toyota of Brazil would be introducing the Etios Liva (which is simply called the Etios hatchback there) with a rough road package and that it would be styled to look like a crossover. Here are the first ever spy images of a completely uncamouflaged Toyota Etios Cross.
Based on the top-end XLS variant, the Etios Cross has been developed to rival cars such as the VW Gol Rallye, Hyundai HB20X and the Renault Sandero Stepway. The entire lower half of the hatchback is covered with the typical black plastic one finds on cars such as the VW Cross Polo and the Skoda Yeti. Silver colored accents can be found on the bumpers and the running board as well.
The front end gets an additional bumper that blends into the headlights and seems to add another set of lights/reflectors in the grille. Further more, roof rails and diamond-finished alloy wheels can also be found on the Etios Cross.
As Car & Driver reports, the changes are purely aesthetic and the mechanicals will continue unchanged. The Etios XLS variant in Brazil is powered by a 1.5-liter Flex fuel motor that produces 96.5bhp. While the Etios XLS retails at 42,490 Brazilian Reals (INR 11.9 lakhs), the Etios Cross would be launched by the end of this month or by early October with a more expensive price tag.
Would you like to see Toyota Kirloskar Motor introduce an Etios Liva Cross in India?
[Source – Car And Driver Brazil]