Toyota Etios

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Toyota Etios
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Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2010–present
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Supermini

The Toyota Etios is a line of four-door sedan and hatchback cars produced by Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota for the Indian automotive market since 2010 and for South Africa,[1] Brazil[2] since 2012 and Indonesia since 2013 (1.2 litre petrol hatchback). The Etios nameplate comes from the Greek "Ethos", meaning spirit, character, and ideas.[3] The sedan version was launched in December 2010 and the Liva hatchback was launched in June 2011.[4]
On May 2012, the Etios Series reached total sales of 100,000 units in India.[5]

On March 2013, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited launched the Etios and Liva with enhanced interiors and exteriors. Also Etios Liva TRD Sportivo, a new grade was launched with a new 1.5 l engine.[6] Further Toyota has upgraded etios in November 2014 with minimal interior and exterior changes which also drastically reduced the engine noise filtering into the cabin. Toyota introduced the Etios MR2 in 2010, designating it the model code "AK10". When fitted with the 1.2-liter 3NR-FE engine, it is known as the "NGK12". Likewise, the 1.5-liter 2NR version is identified by the "NGK15" code. The 1.4-liter 1ND diesel version is referred to as the "NUK15". The Etios is based on the EFC platform.[7]

Etios Concept (2010)[edit]

Available in hatchback and sedan bodies, the concept vehicles were developed for Indian market.

An Etios Concept sedan with 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an Etios Concept hatchback with 1.2-liter gasoline engine were unveiled in 10th Auto Expo automobile show in New Delhi.[8]

Sedan[edit]

Sedan
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Overview
Production Dec 2010-
Assembly Bidadi, Karnataka, India (Toyota India)[9]
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil[10]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Toyota EFC platform[11]
Related Toyota Echo
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L 2NR-FE I4 (petrol)
1.4 L 1ND-TV I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length 4,265 mm (167.9 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)

The Toyota Etios was first showcased at the 2010 Auto Expo in Delhi as a 'concept car'. Actual commercial production started in late 2010. The sedan version was launched in December 2010. It competes with the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Indigo Manza, Mahindra Verito, Chevrolet Sail and Ford Fiesta Classic. Trim levels for the Etios are: J, G, V, and VX.

Engines[edit]

The Petrol Engine and Transmission are made locally at Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP), Bidadi, Karnataka, India.[12]

Petrol engines
[13]
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.5 2NR-FE 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 16V DOHC 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5,600 132 N·m (97 lb·ft) at 3,100 10.6s 180 km/h (112 mph) 5-speed manual 17.75 km/l
Diesel engines
[13]
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.4 1ND-TV 1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 8V SOHC D-4D 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 3,800 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1,800 - 2,400 13.94s 170 km/h (106 mph) 5-speed manual 23.59 km/l
Flexible-fuel engine

The hatchback and sedan models sold in Brazil are built with a flexible-fuel engine optimized to run with ethanol blends from E20/E25 to neat hydrous ethanol (E100). The Etios Hatch 1.5 Flex has a fuel economy with ethanol fuel of 8.13 km/l (23.0 mpg-imp; 19.1 mpg-US), the Hatch 1.3 Flex fuel economy is 9.45 km/l (26.7 mpg-imp; 22.2 mpg-US), and the Etios Sedan 1.5 Flex is 9.84 km/l (27.8 mpg-imp; 23.1 mpg-US), all in combined cycle 70% city driving and 30% on the highway.[14]

Liva[edit]

Etios Liva
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Etios Valco for Indonesian market
Overview
Also called Etios Valco (Indonesia only)
Production June 2011-present
Assembly Bidadi, Karnataka, India (Toyota India)[9]
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil[10]
Jakarta, Indonesia (Toyota Astra Motor)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Toyota EFC platform[11]
Related Toyota Echo
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L 3NR-FE I4 (petrol)
1.5 L 2NR-FE I4 (petrol)
1.4 L 1ND-TV I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,460 mm (96.9 in)
Length 3,775 mm (148.6 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)

The Etios Liva, or Valco in Indonesia is the hatchback version of the Etios. It was launched on June 2011. It competes with established brands like Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Ritz/Splash/Opel Agila, Hyundai i10, i20, Tata Indica, Chevrolet Sail UV-A, Honda Fit/Jazz, Brio, Fiat Grande Punto, Škoda Fabia, Ford Figo, Datsun Go and Nissan Micra. Trim levels for the Etios are: J, G, V and VX.

Indonesia models of Etios Valco were available in four trim levels (J, JX, E, G) all standard with 5 speed manual gearboxes.

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
[15]
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.2 3NR-FE 1,197 cc (73.0 cu in) I4 16V DOHC 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 5,600 104 N·m (77 lb·ft) at 3,100 14.08s 160 km/h (99 mph) 5-speed manual 18.31 km/l
Diesel engines
[15]
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.4 1ND-TV 1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 8V SOHC D-4D 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 3,800 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1,800 - 2,400 12.47s 170 km/h (106 mph) 5-speed manual 23.59 km/l

Etios, Liva Xclusive Editions[edit]

They are versions of Etios G and Liva G respectively for Indian market, with dual-tone cream and beige coloured interiors, Bluetooth-equipped audio system, rear parking sensors, higher quality seat fabric, a chrome cap on the gear knob, an 'Xclusive' badge on the boot lid, choice of 3 body colours (white, grey and silver).[16]

A new version of the Etios Xclusive has been released in 2015 with a touchscreen infotainment system and a wood grain finish on the instrument panel. It is based on the VX and VXD variants and it comes in metallic white, silver, and metallic blue.

Etios Cross[edit]

Toyota has made a new car in the Etios platform, which is the Etios Cross. This is a crossover between hatchback and SUV. It has a sporty front grille guard which makes it look SUVish.

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.2 3NR-FE 1,197 cc (73.0 cu in) I4 16V DOHC 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 5,600 104 N·m (77 lb·ft) at 3,100 14.08s 160 km/h (99 mph) 5-speed manual 18.31 km/l
1.5 2NR-FE 1496|cc|cuin abbr=on} I4 16V DOHC 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5,600 132 N·m (97 lb·ft) at 3,800 10.6s 180 km/h (112 mph) 5-speed manual 16.78 km/l
Diesel engines
Model Engine Power@rpm torque@rpm 0–100 km/h acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy
1.4 1ND-TV 1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 8V SOHC D-4D 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 3,800 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1,800 - 2,400 12.47s 170 km/h (106 mph) 5-speed manual 23.59 km/l

==Motorsport==

Toyota India started a one-make racing series in India called the Etios motor racing. The series started in 2012 and witnessed an overwhelming response from the Indian youngsters, there were 3300 applicants. After a 3 round selection procedure, Toyota held 2 rounds of exhibition races in 2012, one at a purpose built race track in Chennai called the Sriperumbudur race track and other in the form of ROC (Race of champions) in Gurgaon. The 25 selected drivers competed in the main championship held in the later half of 2013. The cars are prepared by Red Rooster Performance based in Bangalore, and designed by TRD (Toyota Racing Development). They feature stock engines with exhaust and intake,producing almost 100 bhp. It's a good platform for youngsters to step from karting to touring cars. Toyota also made it extremely cheap to run, with a budget of just $3216 for the entire series which includes an entire OMP racing kit makes it one of the best one make series to compete in. The drivers aren't charged for damages either.

Toyota is likely to continue the series in 2014.[17]

Safety[edit]

The Etios and Etios Liva come with an immobilizer and Door Ajar Warning as standard across all Trims and Dual SRS Airbags and ABS, EBD only on the G+, V and VX trims. The Etios and Etios Liva have no Euro NCAP and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ratings as they have undergone no crash tests. But the vehicle comes with Front and Side Impact Beam for safety and Traction Control

Etios launched in Brazil has earned from Latin NCAP, a 4 star safety rating.[18][19]

Consumer experience[edit]

Some owners of the Etios and Etios Liva have complained that the car has high noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, usually exceeding well over 115 dB at the driver or front passenger seats. This is due to the cost-cutting construction and lack of insulation materials in the cabin, while build quality is edgy and has a low life expectancy in the long term, which could be interpreted as a vehicle built to be "disposable" after a short number of years. In regards of vibrations, there are some reports from users complaining about retinal detachment, as well as sore backs and split buttocks.

However, Toyota states on its website that the car "is a little noisy due to not quite world-class sound insulation, mainly because to pricing policy" which is totally true and certified by Sathya Sai Baba.

The Etios has also substantial high levels of body roll and wheel camber which originates natural misaligment and premature wear and tear on front tyres when compared to other cars in its class.

Overall the car does its job well with Toyota's reputation on reliability, but only while it is under manufacturers warranty. After that period, it is a costly nightmare to maintain on the road.[20]

In the facelift model, the NVH levels in the Etios has further amplified due to the complete lack of any sound deadening materials in order to increase brand profitability in the indian market. For the brazilian version, the car has been equipped with a 1000-watt amplifier in order to mitigate noises by playing back (at very loud volumes) of samba music during the day, and bossanova during the night as a soothing effect for the masses. This feature, unique for the south american country, is specially useful in the carnival season. [6][21]

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