Toyota Etios is sedan produced by Toyota Motor Corporation particularly for Indian market. It was first appeared in December 2010. Soon after its first appearance as sedan, the hatchback version was also introduced as Etios Liva.
The car is assembled in the plant located at Bangalore, Karnataka in India, considered as the IT hub. It is a mega project of its own kind in the India ever initiated by Toyota. The aim is to target the Suzuki’s dominance in the Indian market.
The term ‘Etios’ is derived from the Greek ‘Ethos’ means ‘spirit’, ‘character’, or ‘ideas’.
The Toyota Etios made its first appearance at the New Delhi Auto Show in January 2010. Toyota claimed that it has spend over 3200 crore to manufacture Etios. To promote its vehicle, Toyota has increased the number of its dealerships to 150.
The base model of Etios was launched with a price tag of Rs. 496,000 (US$10,870).
The Etios is assembled and manufactured in Bangalore, Karnataka and the platform is used will also be used for the future models offered in Brazil.
The launching ceremony of the Etios was one of memorable experience as it was attended by the brand ambassador for the car, A.R. Rehman as well as the founder of Toyota Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda.
Engine Capacity and Performance
Etios is offered in two body styles including a sedan and a hatchback. The hatchback version of Etios will come with a 1.2-L petrol DOHC, 8-valve petrol engine, generating 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) whereas the sedan features a 1.5-L DOHC, 4-valve petrol powered engine, generating 89 hp (66 kW; 90 PS). Other features include a dual camshaft and four-valves per cylinder that not only offers improved power and better torque but also improve the fuel efficiency of the car.
The car doesn’t not feature a Variable Valve Timing (VVTi) may be because to reduce the cost. However, the car still has an extremely powerful and fuel efficient engine under the hood.
At present, the Etios is available only as sedan powered by 2NR-FE DOHC 4-cylinder. Dual VVT-i 16V gasoline engine with electric fuel injection capable of generating 88.5 bhp (66kW; 90 PS) mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The hatchback variant, the Toyota Etios Liva is still under process.
Currently, the transmissions and engines are imported from Japan. To overcome this problem, Toyota is aiming to invest Rs. 500 crore to establish a plant in Bangalore which will start manufacturing engines and transmissions by 2012.
The car is solely offered with petrol engine and yet there seems no plan from Toyota to launch the diesel variant of the Etios in the Indian market.
The car features a Macpherson strut suspension on the front, while a Torsion beam on the rear. Ventilated discs breaks are introduced on the front wheels while at the rear it receives drum brakes. The overall dimensions of the car suggest that it has a good ground clearance, i.e. 170 mm (6.7 inch). The fuel tank can store up to 45 liters (9.9 imp gallons; 11.9 US gallons).