designer polos Would you buy a Toyota Etios Cross
Millennials are our future, God help us all, and automakers are still trying to figure out to get this supposedly car averse demographic to part with its money.
Of course, the real reason many Millennials aren’t buying cars is because they don’t have much money to part with. And, in that respect, they’re in the same shoes as consumers in developing markets. The dream of auto ownership is there, but the disposable income for a five figure purchase isn’t.
Enter the new Toyota Etios Cross, which just launched for sale in India. Positively dwarfing the Tata Nano, the Etios Cross gives buyers a healthy dose of off road flavor for not a lot of money. Alas, it’s only available in front wheel drive, though we’re sure it’s been engineered to tackle less than Autobahn smooth roads.
Toyota Etios Cross crossover launched India:The Toyota Etios Cross has rugged looks, but they’re backed by a frugal front wheel drive powertrain. Photo credit: Toyota
Aside from that FWD only handicap, the Etios Cross is sort of like a downsized RAV4/Subaru XV Crosstrek love child featuring the sort of styling touches we imagine will be found on the Fiat 500X. The XV Crosstrek comparison makes sense when you consider that it’s basically an Etios Liva hatchback with body cladding and a less Camry like grille.
Like the Livan and the Etios sedan, the Etios Cross gets three four pot engine options: a 1.2 liter gas mill good for 79 hp and 77 lb ft, a 1.5 liter gasoline engine putting out 89 hp and 97 lb ft and a 67 hp, 125 lb ft 1.4 liter diesel. Both are mated to a five speed manual.
We think the Etios Cross would look great with a set of mountain bikes, some skis, a kayak or any combination of gear that signals you partake in an active lifestyle, really on the roof. You can get it in orange, just like Toyota’s big boy off road trucks.
The price? 576,000 to 740,000 Indian Rupees. dollars, you’re looking at anywhere from $9,600 to $12,350. That’s far more than the $5,000 Datsun Go hatch, but it does boast off road inspired styling (hey, that’s gotta be worth something) and the strength of a re established, rather than a relaunched, brand behind it. It’s also slightly cheaper than its German competitor, the VW Cross Polo crossover.
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