Facelift for Toyota’s best-selling Etios

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

Toyota’s ubiquitous Etios which is one of the marque’s best seller has been updated for 2015.

While exterior enhancements are limited to a new colour option, Jet Grey Metallic (a shimmery mid-tone silver), it’s inside where the most obvious changes have taken place, including all-new anthracite seat fabric for the Xs models.  A new audio system has been adopted for Etios (standard on Xs),  which features Bluetooth functionality and is neatly integrated into the dashboard.

The new look Etios, but underneath it is the same. Picture: QuickPic
The new look Etios, but underneath it is the same. Picture: QuickPic

The  luggage compartment cover now features a lift function on all hatchback models.

Here is a  list of some of the  changes made to the Etios which was launched in 2012: a new grille design,  colour-coding across the range for door mirrors and handles, a new aero design exterior mirror featuring aero stabilising fins and a new tail lamp design.

Underneath it is the same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder mill, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission, putting out 66 kW at 5 600 rpm and 132 N.m of torque at 3 000 rpm. Fuel economy is pegged at 5.9 litres / 100 km for the sedan and 6 litres / 100 km for the hatch, said Toyota , who pointed out that the changes have meant a R100 price hike across all models which come standard with a two-year/30 000km service plan.

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