Launched more than a decade ago, the Toyota Etios was tailor-made for tough market conditions of developing countries like ours. In India, the Etios twins went on to rival successful cars like the Maruti Dzire and the Maruti Swift. However, both sedan and hatchback iterations of the Etios failed to impress a lot of buyers. As a result, earlier this year, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) decided against upgrading the Etios sedan and Etios Live hatchback to achieve compliance with the BSVI emission standards and therefore, both the models were discontinued in the country. However, the Etios is a fairly successful product in many other developing markets, like Brazil, where it recently received the second facelift.
The Brazilian Toyota Etios, like the Indian version, is available in both sedan and hatchback body formats. Also, like was the case in India, both the cars are based on the same platform and even share many body panels. The second facelift for the Etios series brings in LED headlamps for the front fascia, while the interior of the vehicle gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Apple Carplay as well as Android Auto. It also supports many utility applications like Spotify, Google Maps, Waze, etc. Other than this, a styling update for the interior comes in the form of a premium gloss black finish on the dashboard and gearbox console instead of the matte black finish that was available earlier. Other than this, no styling updates have been given to the Etios.
However, the 2021 Toyota Etios facelift is safer from the outgoing version as it comes with more safety features. These include twin front airbags, ABS, three-point seatbelts, ISOFIX child seat anchor, hill holder traction and stability control as well as head restraints for all five passengers. The mechanicals have been left untouched, which means the updated Etios comes with the same powertrain options as the previous version. The Brazil-spec Etios features a 1.3-litre VVT-I motor that can produce a maximum power of 94 BHP when run on petrol and 101 BHP when run on ethanol-mix.
There is also a 1.5-litre VVT-I motor available that produces 102 BHP on petrol and 107 BHP on ethanol-mix. While the hatchback is available with both the engine options, the sedan is only on sale with the bigger engine. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic unit. There’s also a CNG variant available for the fleet operators. Prices start at 55,390 Brazilian Real (Rs 7.40 lakh).