Toyota Kirloskar Motor might launch the 2016 Etios and Etios Liva this month as the cars have been pictured recently. The spied models are in their production stage, which reveals the cosmetic changes made to the vehicles. The focus of the facelift seems inclined towards adding a bit of premium quotient to the exterior design along with an enhanced features list.
The Etios and Etios Liva will a completely revamped front fascia. The Etios facelift will get a V-shaped front grille with chrome outlining, which looks better than the current model. The Etios Liva, on the other, will feature body-coloured outlinings. The fog lamp has received a new housing with chrome surround in both the sedan and hatchback and the bumper is larger than the present model's. The rear section of the Etios look quite similar to the current models, but gets a new bumper. The chrome strip on the boot has been repositioned in the middle of the boot. The Liva too sports redesigned bumper along with newly-designed wheels.
Inside the cabin, the 2016 Toyota Etios and Etios Liva is likely to feature dual-tone black and beige dashboard with matching seat upholstery and chrome accents on the air vents. The Japanese car manufacturer might also equip the models with leather wrapped steering wheel. The infotainment system will offer FM, USB, CD and Aux-in connectivity, also accessible from a multifunctional steering wheel.
Mechanically, both models will get the same petrol and diesel engines, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Toyota Etios is powered by a 1.5 L petrol and 1.4 L diesel engine that produces 88 hp and 67 hp of maximum power, respectively. The Etios Liva, on the other hand, gets 1.2 L petrol and 1.4 L diesel mills that develop 78 hp and 67 hp of power, respectively.
The 2016 Etios and Etios Liva, since their launch have been unable to set the sales charts on fire due to bland looks and lack of features. With this facelift, the company aims to offer new and improved features along with a revised design. Moreover, by launching the cars ahead of the festive season, the company will have a better chance of capitalising on the buoyant consumer sentiments.