Toyota Platinum Etios Variants
Toyota Platinum Etios • Price, Variants & Specifications
The competition in the sub-four meter sedan segment is heating up and Toyota India is gunning for the top spot with some cosmetic upgrades to the Etios sedan, and rechristened it as 'Platinum Etios'. This is probably the most comprehensive update
given to the sedan in the last 6 years and the new Etios comes loaded with a host of new features. Mainly, the engineers have done away with the old dull looks and the not-so-appealing interiors in this spacious and practical car. The sedan is
priced between Rs 6.94-7.85 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 8.07-8.98 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Etios has a more appealing look when viewed head on. Major changes are made to the front face of the car with new Etios now floating a wider front bumper and newly V-shaped high mounted grille. Toyota engineers have incorporated black inserts and chrome accents in the chin area of the grille that visually looks upmarket and classy. There is a new housing for the fog lamps and larger air intakes in the newly redesigned bumper. But one can still see some odd proportion shadow of the earlier version with the unmodified headlamp and metal sheets in the front face.
Rear end now sports a re-profiled rear bumper, chrome strip on the boot lid with red reflectors and subtly revised tail lamps. However, that doesn't help much to boost the appeal of the sedan. Top-spec variants have included features like electrically retractable ORVMs and redesigned alloy wheels.
Interior View - The Cabin and features
The main USP of Etios has always been the spacious and well-built cabin, and the new Etios carries forward the same legacy. The seats have been reworked with new upholstery to make it much more wider and accommodating that give more comfort to the passengers. The rear seats also are the comfiest in this segment with enough knee room is provided to allow the passengers to sit comfortably without the 'squeezed-feeling'. The same comfortability can be experienced with backrest cushions in all the rear seats and enough under-thigh support. Toyota has standardized the rear-seat armrest on all variants which will be appreciated by chauffeur-driven buyers.
The new Etios comes with a dual tone interiors painted in black and ivory. The makers still retained the odd-looking dash, and positioning of the instrument cluster still remains in the centre. However, the new Platinum Etios get a new digital rev counter, and an electrically retractable wing mirrors on the higher variants.
Other features like steering mounted audio controls, six-speaker audio system with CD player and USB and Bluetooth are included upwards the base model variant
The instrument cluster and the gear shift knob are given a wooden touch and finish. The new Etios also gets the best-in-class 592 litres of boot space.
Toyota's customer first philosophy is given utmost priority with the inclusion of a number of standard safety features. The reliable car comes with standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD along with two ISOFIX child-seat mounts, three-point pre-tensioner force limiter seat belts and a central locking system across all variants. The Etios even scored a high 4-star rating in the NCAP test clearly declaring itself as one of the safest sedans in India.
The engine remains unchanged and has been carried forward from the previous model. The new Etios under the hood sports a 4 cylinder 16V 1496cc petrol engine that produces 90 PS of power at 5600 rpm and 132 Nm torque at 3000 rpm. The 1364 cc 4 cylinder diesel engine produces 68 PS at 3800 rpm and 170 Nm of torque at 2400 rpm.
The petrol engine gives a mileage of 16.78 kmpl while the diesel engine is capable of delivering 23.59 kmpl.
Ride and Handling
The best the new Etios does is to give plenty of confidence to the driver around corners, and even in undulations the new Etios never comes across as unsettled.
The steering is easy on hands, and the standard tilt option with the height adjustable seats gives a very comfortable driving position. The gear shifts need some effort than other cars in this range but the physical effort is a bit reduced by the lighter responsive clutch.
Etios, when driven at low speeds feels a bit stiff while at higher speeds it shines and stays stable.
The new Platinum Etios is one of the safest cars in its segment apart from being a spacious, comfortable family sedan. Buyers should definitely consider this sedan if safety, practicality, space, ease of ownership and low cost of maintenance are on the priority list.
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