Toyota Etios was launched back in 2010 and it instantly became popular because of its spacious interiors. It was a sedan which was rugged and carried the trust of Toyota brand, suggesting that you can use it easily for more than 10 years.
However, the growing competition in that price range led to poor demand for the Etios. Later, it started becoming a popular choice for fleet operators and that’s where most of the sales for Etios come from now. While it still remains popular in the commercial space, Toyota has decided to discontinue it from next year.
Owing to the upcoming BS-6 norms and the costly safety norms, Toyota has decided to discontinue the Etios and Etios Liva as well. Both the cars are very popular in their diesel variants, but for Toyota, will be costly to upgrade the old 1.4 Litre diesel engine.
Anyhow, the Etios and Liva are already at the end of their lifecycle. Both have not received any facelift or major upgrade in the past few years. The Etios family comes with a petrol and a diesel engine, which are also ageing with time passing.
Under the hood, you have a 1.4 Litre diesel engine that produces 69 BHP and 170 Nm of peak torque. The 1.5 Litre DOHC petrol engine puts out 90 BHP and 132 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options included a standard 5-speed manual gearbox.
Considering the price range, Etios goes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent and Volkswagen Ameo. However, it is actually a lot bigger than its rivals, technically making Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City as its rivals.
Now, Toyota Glanza is the most affordable Toyota car in India and Yaris, in terms of a sedan. Its partnership with Maruti Suzuki will bring many new models in the lineup, including rebadged versions of Ciaz, Ertiga and Vitara Brezza.