Although the Toyota Etios has been discontinued in India, it is popular in foreign auto markets. The vehicle has recently received a major update in the Brazilian market.
Introduced almost a decade ago, the Toyota Etios was specifically designed for the developing car markets. That said, its sales number in India could never meet the Japanese automaker’s expectations. Earlier this year, the BS6 emission standards came into effect, and the low popularity of the vehicle kept its carmaker from upgrading the vehicle, which, in turn, let to its discontinuation. However, the car remains to be a popular option in Brazil, where it has recently experienced a thorough upgrade.
The Brazil-spec Toyota Etios, like its Indian counterpart, is also available in hatchback and sedan body types which are underpinned by the same platform. The facelifted Toyota Etios is equipped with LED headlights and a 7-inch infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as utility applications like Spotify, Google Maps, Waze, etc. Another design alteration is a more premium gloss black finish on the dashboard and console which has replaced the previous matte black finish. Besides these, no other styling alterations have been made to the Etios. The 2021 Toyota Etios is also equipped with new safety features with a view to providing a safer journey for all the occupants. 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 the occupants.
No alterations have been done to the powertrain options. The Brazil-spec Toyota Etios continues to receive its power from gasoline or ethanol burners. For the hatchback version, the 1.3-litre VVT-I motor can deliver 94 BHP on the gasoline burner and 101 BHP on the ethanol unit while the 1.5-litre VVT-I motor produces 102 BHP on the petrol and 107 BHP ethanol. The sedan version is only offered with the 1.5-litre motor.
The transmission duties on both the Toyota Etios sedan and hatchback are undertaken by a 6-speed MT/4-speed AT. Moreover, a CNG variant is also offered for the fleet operators. In Brazil, the Etios range is priced from 55,390 Brazilian Real (around INR 7.40 lakh) to 72,690 Brazilian Real (around INR 9.71 lakh).