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with recent Etios range of cars. There is advance multimedia stereo system with USB and Bluetooth inputs with safety features like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags to define the off-road aspects.
The wannabe crossover comes equipped with new ‘Livon’ Titanium black furnishing with steering wheel, gear knob and hand brake lever wrapped in chrome and leather. The decent list of equipment includes climatronic air conditioning with pollen filter, stereo system with 4-speakers and SD card, USB and Bluetooth connectivity ports, tilt telescopic adjustable steering wheel, powered rear view mirrors, height adjustable driver seat, etc. There are lots of safety features included in the Polo Cross to counter rivals like ABS, dual airbags, remote central locking and rear parking sensors.
Toyota Etios Cross will be available in three different engine choices. The base model will carry a 1.2L 4-cylinder petrol engine generating 78bhp and 104Nm of torque while the more powerful 1.5L engine will produce 88bhp and 132Nm of peak torque. Both these engines are taken from Etios hatch while for sports aficionados there is a powerful diesel engine option available in the form of 1.4L engine that belts out 66bhp and 170Nm of torque. All the engines are paired with 5-speed manual transmission system.
The Cross Polo which is available in sole variant, sports familiar 1.2L TDI diesel engine, produces 73bhp and 180Nm of peak torque mated to 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.
Toyota Etios is expected to be launched with the starting price tag of around INR 6.5 lakhs. While on the other hand, Volkswagen Polo Cross was launched last year at INR 8.22 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Looking at the prices, Toyota seems to be a clear winner in the picture but there are other factors like price to performance ratio on which a car is judged.
With both these Crossovers in the market, it will be quite interesting to see the overall response as these cars offers the same recipe as provided by Skoda Fabia Scout which failed to make a mark in the Indian car bazaar. Also as these crossovers are aggressively priced, compact SUVs like Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport will have to brace the impact of tough competition.