Brazil – 2015 Toyota Etios with new steering wheel and infotainment reaches showrooms
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The engine options remain the same.
The 2015 Toyota Etios has started reaching the Brazilian showrooms, and Novidades Automotivas have some pictures to share before the official announcement. The refreshed hatchback and sedan have no exterior changes but the interiors have significant updates.
The biggest change is the new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel that is lifted from the latest Corolla. The grey tone for the dashboard has been changed to full-black and the centrally-mounted instrument console has been given a new background with blue accents, akin to the Etios Cross.
In terms of equipment, the driver seat height adjustor is now made standard across the range. The refreshed range also receives one-touch driver side power window and ‘headlamps on’ warning. The mid-level XS sports a new audio system with Bluetooth connectivity while the XLS adds leather seats. The top-end Platinum trim has a new multimedia infotainment system with digital TV, GPS, DVD, Bluetooth and reverse parking camera.
The engine options are left untouched. The hatchback can be specified with a 1.3-litre or a 1.5-litre flex-fuel engine while the sedan is available with the latter. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Etios twins in India could get the new steering wheel and multimedia system eventually. Previously, the adjustable headrests and new seats debuted on the Brazilian car before launching in India.
Competitors: Hyundai HB20, Chevrolet Onix, Ford Ka
2015 Toyota Etios – Image Gallery
[Spy images from Novidades Automotivas]