rusting, under-body coating and anti-chip coating.
The Etios Cross is available with three engine options—1.2-litre petrol (79 bhp), 1.5-litre petrol (89 bhp) and 1.4-litre diesel (67 bhp)—all mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Because the engines remain the same, the Etios Cross drives pretty much like the Etios Liva. The 1.2-litre petrol feels a tad underpowered, but the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel are fun to drive. At higher revs, the engine sound seeps into the cabin, which means Toyota still has to work on insulation. The suspension absorbs most bumps and brakes offer good stopping power. I have a question for Toyota, though. Can the Etios Cross come with a four-wheel drive or is the Indian market not ready for the same?
Unlike the Cross Polo, the Etios Cross isn’t a half-hearted effort at creating a crossover. The 1.2-petrol costs Rs 5.76 lakh, the 1.5-petrol comes for Rs 7.35 lakh and the 1.4-diesel retails at Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Compare that to Rs 7.75 lakh for the Cross Polo (it comes only in diesel variant) and you realise Toyota has played the price card very well. It is not much different to drive than the Etios Liva and the cabin is still noisy at high speeds, but the Etios Cross gets a lot of attitude and, I must say, is the finest version of the Etios range yet. It may not yet change Toyota’s fortunes in the small car segment, but Toyota has crossed the Rubicon with this car and the only way ahead is better quality levels in the Etios range.