Brian 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 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.