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Old 1st August 2012, 13:41   #1
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Default Toyota Liva TRD Sportivo. EDIT : Now for Etios too!

Mod Note : Please continue the Liva 1.5L TRD Sportivo Discussion in Our Official Review (Toyota Liva 1.5L (TRD Sportivo) : Official Review). Thanks

Toyota launched its Toyota Etios with bodykit, named it the Etios Liva TRD Sportivo.

Engines remain same. Probably would have made sense plonking in Etios' 1.5 on this variant at least (Or atleast the VGT from the Altis Diesel). The TRD association demanded a better engine.

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Toyota - Etios Liva TRD Sportivo


Here are the add-ons
  • Front Bumper Spoiler
  • Rear Bumper Spoiler
  • Side Skirts
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Body Graphics
  • 15" Alloy Wheels in Gun Metal finish
  • Roof Ornament
  • Silver Shift Lever knob
  • New Seat Fabric - with TRD Sportivo badging
Ex-showroom price at Kolkata

Petrol - Rs 5,30,201
Diesel - Rs 6,39,871

Ex-showroom prices of base models

Petrol - Rs 4,36,984 (J variant) - 4,78,201 (G variant)
Diesel - Rs 5,87,871 (G variant)

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Old 1st August 2012, 13:53   #2
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Default Re: Toyota Etios Liva Sportivo

While the cosmetic facelift looks nice, but with no performance increase in the car itself, I really doubt the number of takers for this variant. The body is different, but the heart is the same.

The spoilers and the side skirts look nice though!
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No even fog lamps? It's like buying a trouser with no pockets!
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Usual Toyota marketing. When the lower J and G variants dont sell bring in a limited edition sports model with a body kit and some useless features and try to sell them.

They did it with the Altis a couple of times as well as with the Innova.
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Doesn't those bumpers look similar to that on 2012 Dzire? With Sportivo tag, would have expected
  • Better engine option (in petrol as well as diesel)
  • Better instrument console (I guess it is same as current Liva as there is no mention about the changes)
  • Rear wash and wipe option for diesel
  • Front fog lamps
Otherwise those alloys look really cool.

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Apart from the Ford Fiesta S, I don't think any other special edition models deserve to be called a "special edition".
Without any performance upgrade, it's a shame that manufacturers put in some unwanted stuff. I don't think it will have much takers either.
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The body is different, but the heart is the same.

The spoilers and the side skirts look nice though!
The Body is also the same. Only additional ornaments. Their VX version anyway has those ornaments, but this tries to bring the TRD flavour, without the right ingredients.

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No even fog lamps? It's like buying a trouser with no pockets!
Its just a G variant with the additional items.

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Usual Toyota marketing. When the lower J and G variants dont sell bring in a limited edition sports model with a body kit and some useless features and try to sell them.

They did it with the Altis a couple of times as well as with the Innova.
Since they are repeating it on every model line, it must have worked for them. Thats also a point of worry, that this stuff might be selling.

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Apart from the Ford Fiesta S, I don't think any other special edition models deserve to be called a "special edition".
Even the Fiesta S, could have done atleast with an agressive engine map in addition to the uprated suspension and wheels.

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Looks like just another 'special edition' which is a common practice by Toyota. All I can see is that a few external tweaks and alloys. Should have had atleast the Etios engine thrown in to pull in some enthusiasts.

How many of them buy a new car just for the few new stickers and plastics? Looks like more of a marketing gimmick to attract some limelight, to otherwise very boring car (no offense meant, just my personal opinion).
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Maybe the right time to attract some of the Swift customers. Changes look ok and alloys are attractive
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Wish Toyota offered a Tachometer in the "Sportivo" variants. Otherwise this deal looks like more "show" than go.

Suspension noise was another thing, hope Toyota have rectified that. Even the rear seat required proper bolstering & added foam for comfort. Rubber beading on doors would have taken care of NVH levels too.
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Ha!!
And what is different about this one?
Just a sticker job.
And remains ugly as hell as before.

These guys have got Hero motors as their Idols.
Hero Motors: The original champions of Stickering up the same old bikes. Respect.
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Maybe the right time to attract some of the Swift customers. Changes look ok and alloys are attractive
I hope you are not serious. Why would anyone plan to buy this 'special edition' Liva in place of the Swift? Although, people who have already shortlisted the Liva might be tempted I agree.

But for the customers sake, I hope people stop responding to such gimmicks. Might help in automakers becoming more serious about upgrades going forward.
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Maybe the right time to attract some of the Swift customers. Changes look ok and alloys are attractive
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I hope you are not serious. Why would anyone plan to buy this 'special edition' Liva in place of the Swift? Although, people who have already shortlisted the Liva might be tempted I agree.

But for the customers sake, I hope people stop responding to such gimmicks. Might help in automakers becoming more serious about upgrades going forward.
I dont think this is to cash-in on the Manesar situation that the Swift is being a victim of.

However, Toyota's quite desperate to get some cars moving, the Brio too falls in the range and is now attracting more customers, given that Thailand flood situation is behind them now.

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Ha!!
And what is different about this one?
Just a sticker job.
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The Alloys look nice though.
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I Honesly expected a better response from Toyota. I would have been happy if they provided a race-chip along with the stock engine, at the very least.

IS there some kind of a cartel amogst Manfacturers now-a-days? Toyota and its competitors are all following the stickering limited editions/special editions trend
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I dont think this is to cash-in on the Manesar situation that the Swift is being a victim of.

However, Toyota's quite desperate to get some cars moving, the Brio too falls in the range and is now attracting more customers, given that Thailand flood situation is behind them now.



The Alloys look nice though.
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I hope you are not serious. Why would anyone plan to buy this 'special edition' Liva in place of the Swift? Although, people who have already shortlisted the Liva might be tempted I agree.
What I meant is with Swift suffering from long (read unanswerable) waiting period , people in a hurry can switch over to a brand that can be as reliable as Suzuki and holds a good reputation in the market + quality service.
I am particularly trying to mention the Liva diesel as an alternate to Swift diesel. We have superior petrol cars in the market.
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