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Old 11th March 2013, 12:36   #61
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So the first of the 'hot' hatches lined up for 2013 arrives (Liva TRD). Would love to read the Team-BHP report on it. Though not very high on outright power, it should have great driveability. I just wish the instrument cluster was where it belongs. i.e. behind the steering wheel.
So Liva TRD - check. Now waiting for the Polo TSI / GTD and the Punto Abarth.
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No ways. The bumpers are identical. If they had touched the bumpers, even changed one crease in the design, it would have read as "All new aerodynamic bumpers"

Look at how they have advertised the change in rear tail lamp design. lol.
I too do not see any change in the bumpers. Else Toyota would have been screaming about new aerodynamic bumpers which helps in giving better mileage, stability and what not.

Tail lamp and performance.

The only saving grace for Toyota is the 1.5 litre engine going into the Liva.
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Visited Nippon Toyota, Kalamassery and saw the new face lift Etios in flesh.

What has changed ?

1) Toyota has taken a serious effort to give the Etios interiors a decent ambiance. Saw 2 potential customers in there and both of them were happy with the interiors.

I still remember the first time, I visited Toyota showroom in 2011 to see the Etios. Even though, I was very happy with the design elements in the car ( the practicality and ergonomics ), the people around me were unimpressed mentioning that Toyota used cheap plastics and things like that.

2) The NVH has come down certainly thanks to
  • The Hydraulic mounts
  • More dampening materials being used

3) A worthy music player

4) Better Options for the customers. ( Read variants )
  • J/JD is now a reality and it comes with a power steering as well.
  • V/VD is now available with airbags as optional

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The new Etios interiors ( view from rear seat ). Looks classier, and removes a major excuse for anyone to think of any other car.
Changes -
  • Beige / Brown / Wooden finish instead of Black / Grey / Silver
  • Height Adjustable Seats
  • Adjustable headrests
  • Bluetooth music system with better aesthetics and USB/Aux positioned on the player itself
  • Aesthetic AC controls. ( But, the fan speed knob felt less ergonomic than the old model )

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The new Etios interiors' view from outside. Looks good from here as well.

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The view of the new adjustable headrests/seats from outside

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The door pad colour combination looks good. Beige + Wooden finish has given it an upmarket feel.

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The Etios logo is now painted in white.

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The new rear lamps. Not much of a difference here.

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Rear seat view
To be honest, I liked the looks and felt like a huge improvement from the grey interiors. ( even though it will surely be difficult to maintain than a grey interior )

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A close-up of the new head rests. Notice the travel

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The wooden gear knobs looks really classy and blends well with the beige/brown interors. Don't think, this would be a good option for the older Etios. On older Etios, the silver looks best.

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View from driver seat. Much better than the old Etios. Speedometer aesthetics still have scope for improvement. The white font on black background is certainly an improvement. But, the blue lighting effects should have been provided inside the light instead of painting it on the speedo. That looks bad. I asked the SA why this wasn't done the right way, and he answered that Toyota doesn't make major design changes on face lift to ensure compatibility with older models. Yeah, we are talking about the Toyota life cycle of a product.
The stereo comes with Bluetooth, Aux in and USB ( all on the stereo instead of another cable needed for this ). This is a welcome improvement

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The wooden finish on the arm rests

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The new ORVMs. Looks stylish ( at the cost of lesser visibility compared to the old model )

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The new ORVM with indicators - view from outside.

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The chrome ORVMs ( optional ) on the Liva

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View of the new Liva from the back side.
Notice the new Diesel stickets on the fuel lid and the new tail lamps

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The padding on boot. Does it improve noise insulation ? I'm not sure.

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The new hydraulic engine mounts ( compared to the rubber mounts used earlier ). Helps reduce vibrations from the engine - especially on the Petrol Etios @ idle and engine start.

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The new noise dampening material added inside the engine bay. The new Etios is heavier by 10 kgs. The increase in weight could be due to more dampening materials used. Not 100% sure though

Other highlights
  • 4 mm improvement in ground clearance. This is a welcome improvement. Even though, the older model had adequate ground clearance, when the vehicle gets fully loaded, it sags a bit compromising on the ground clearance.
  • J/JD is a reality now and it comes with power steering as well!
  • V/VD is available with and without the safety pack.
  • The G/GD with security pack comes in beige interiors whereas the one without safety pack comes with mat black interiors
  • The sales person mentioned that the plastic quality is the same and mentioned that even on the old Etios, it has good quality plastics. But, for some reason, people start saying better quality plastics as soon as the colour combination got changed. Regardless, good that Toyota did the right thing to change the wrong notion inside potential customers.
  • The 2013 Etios will be having 60 accessories from Toyota. Sales person mentioned that the full list will be ready by today evening
  • The height adjustment of driver seat on the Etios provides 50% more travel than that in the Swift. ( as mentioned by the sales person )

To Do
  • Video Review of the new Etios/Liva ( upload in progress. It's taking time )
  • Video comparing the NVH of the old and new Etios ( need to do some editing )

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  • V/VD is now available with airbags as optional
Very nice pics indeed.

Do you mean that Liva is now available with VD variant?

Can the NVH improvements be fitted into the existing cars?

Has the seats got some extra cushion?
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I wish Toyota had taken the opportunity and added an automatic variant as well, Brio is having its time in the sun with no worthwhile competition. I wish manufacturers also think of a diesel auto hatch, even if its price lands it in sedan category. That's an open field today- the first one in will skim the cream of the market. Sadly, there aren't even rumours of any such variant that I know of.
I agree with you. With updated interiors it is definitely on our radar but only if it comes with automatic transmission option. Our replacement for i10 Auto is due next year.
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Very nice pics indeed.
Thank you.

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Do you mean that Liva is now available with VD variant?
No, Liva comes in JD, GD, GD SP, and TRD only
For the Etios, earlier the variants from V onwards had ABS/EBD Airbags by default. Now, customers can chose whether they need the safety pack or not. Good option for the price conscious.

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Can the NVH improvements be fitted into the existing cars?
Logically, it should be possible. But, it's better that we wait for the full list of NVH improvements made by Toyota on the new model, analyze the cost vs utility and then take a call on it.

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Has the seats got some extra cushion?
Did not find much difference especially the rear seats.
For the front seats, yes, there is a bit more cushioning. But, I prefer a stiffer seat because that provides better back support for long drives. Have driven the old Etios for 750 + kms on a day without back strain. So, if at all, I change the current seats on my Etios, it will only be after proper testing of the new ones. My cousin might buy a new Liva within a few months. So, I do have a chance to test it out.

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So have to wait till the next gen for the instrument cluster to be in front of the driver.
But am waiting wiht bated breath to read the official TD report of the 90bhp Etios LIVA TRD. Will be a sure pocket rocket, but a more practical/economical thing would have been the diesel Corolla Altis's VGT added to the Etios/Liva diesel engines.
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Man both the liva and etios seem a whole lot better.
Especially liked the new dashboard colour and the liva taillamps looks brilliant now . Way to go Toyota.
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1. Yes, the NVH is much better now. The diesel having improved better than the petrol variants.
2. The seats come with laminated upholstery, with better cushioning.
3. The plastic quality of interiors have improved quite well. The entire feel of the plastics is better now.
4. The audio unit comes with bluetooth connectivity on the top variants. And NO - It doesnt have a touchscreen interface.
5. And the driver's seat height adjustment has a good stroke, actually makes a noteworthy difference.
6. As for outer rear view mirrors, the top end variants get the side indicators - Be it petrol or diesel. (Please get your facts right before calling a manufacturer 'stupid')
By the way what's with all the "bashing" without knowing how good the changes are, For your kind info most of the changes made are to address the complaints mentioned by the existing customers. So as bhpian carb put it get your facts straight before calling the manufacturer 'stupid'.

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Visited Nippon Toyota, Kalamassery and saw the new face lift Etios in flesh.


To Do
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  • Video comparing the NVH of the old and new Etios ( need to do some editing )
A Big thanks to you. Etios now certainly appears in my list of cars to consider for an upgrade.

Looking forward to more updates and a drive report to explain if there is any noticeable difference( Other than the NVH and low GC, i feel previous Etios is very well engineered car)
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To Do
  • Video Review of the new Etios/Liva ( upload in progress. It's taking time )
  • Video comparing the NVH of the old and new Etios ( need to do some editing )
Here comes the videos

1) Video Review of the new Etios/Liva 2013 facelift



2) Video comparing the NVH of the old and new Etios Diesel



Tip while watching the NVH comparison
  • The sound was recorded using the same video camera from the same position with the windows rolled up. Inorder to reproduce the same, ensure that you don't change the volume of the speakers midway through the video. Keep it at a high volume from the start and compare the sounds of both the models

NVH Observations
  1. NVH has certainly come down
  2. When you rev the engine, there is a karkar sound on the old model. On the new one, it's very subtle

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So have to wait till the next gen for the instrument cluster to be in front of the driver.
Even though, we'll always find it difficult to digest the position of the speedo, it has a few practical advantages.
  • The steering tilt doesn't block the view of the speedo. I tried driving a Fiesta recently. After I adjusted the steering tilt to my comfortable position for long drives, the steering completely blocked the speedo to such an extent that the speedo was useless
  • It's easier to glimpse at the speedo while driving, the change in angle required for your eyes is much less. It's just that it takes a couple of weeks for the brain to get used to the new position.
  • Even if you miss a warning light, your co-passenger will ping you.

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A Big thanks to you. Etios now certainly appears in my list of cars to consider for an upgrade.

Looking forward to more updates and a drive report to explain if there is any noticeable difference( Other than the NVH and low GC, i feel previous Etios is very well engineered car)
Glad to be of help to you. The Etios is certainly a well engineered car and is undoubtedly the Diesel car with the cheapest maintenance cost by a long margin. Every 10,000 kms, you pay 2,000 to 3,000 and that's it. Compare it with the Maruti and Hyundai and you will understand the difference.

The only car that I felt was better than the Etios ( for me ) in that price range is the Ertiga because it combines utility, practicality with aesthetics. But the high maintenance cost of the Ertiga ( I remember seeing 9,900 bill for 20,000 service of an Ertiga ) combined with the new aesthetically pleasing Etios has again tilted my current favorite vehicle in this price range back to Etios.

I had done an analysis some time back on why the Etios is so cheap to maintain. Here is what I came up with.

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To Do

Test drive review of NVH. I'll be getting a chance to test drive tomorrow. Today, they had permission only to start the engine.

Also posting the Toyota intro video of Etios 2013.


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The detailed specs for Toyota Etios 2013 facelift, got it out from their brochure. So while all the goodies are said above already, please make a informed judgement on what is available in which variant. There are quite a few permutation combinations they have made available for standard and Opt (Optional) features.

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Amalji, nice work there on evaluating the various aspects of facelift and the videos too.

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Also posting the Toyota intro video of Etios 2013.

You are on a roll. Unofficially official review. I had number of friends who did not go for etios only because of interiors.

I am considering ertiga and now etios to the vfm options. Still confused with the extra seats though.

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No ways. The bumpers are identical. If they had touched the bumpers, even changed one crease in the design, it would have read as "All new aerodynamic bumpers"
Guys, you are missing it big time !

Think Japanese, think Kaizen. Small changes/ improvements. The changes wont be super-sized ! That's why you have just these small ones .. !!

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The detailed specs for Toyota Etios 2013 facelift, got it out from their brochure. So while all the goodies are said above already, please make a informed judgement on what is available in which variant. There are quite a few permutation combinations they have made available for standard and Opt (Optional) features.

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Amalji, nice work there on evaluating the various aspects of facelift and the videos too.
Amazing! Now the ground clearance is just 2mm less than Innova?!! That makes it an ideal car for bad roads.
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Amazing! Now the ground clearance is just 2mm less than Innova?!! That makes it an ideal car for bad roads.
Add to that the stiffer suspension which has reduced the bouncy ride and eliminated the famous thud sound (as per the feedback from the owners having gone through it, mine will be going through it soon at the end of the month). However, do not let the 2mm less than Innova give you idea of its capabilities to match Innova's ride qualities. Innova is a different animal altogether.

Primarily it got badly evaluated and rated based upon the lackluster interiors, plane jane exteriors, bad NVH levels, center sticker-like speedo, omitting basics like tacho, double reverse lights etc.

It was already and is definitely a fantastic ride no matter what its deficiencies and a well engineered car at that, providing huge comfort as well as utility both in and out of city. Still the negatives marred it badly and Toyota is just trying to lure market again with added goodies.

It should be noted that the dealerships had started giving out premium feel vinyl beige interior finishes long back at a whopping cost of 30-35k, but which did not aid it.

So even now, people should keep eyes open and realize what value the goodies bring it to the already existing car which remains as it is underneath (even the plastics are same as per Amalji's evaluation and seems like the cost of doing up to premium feel have been now inbuilt into the car cost), and take an informed decision than just get swept away by the feel good factors.

Some may feel there is unnecessary bashing but there are both +ves and -ves being brought out by owners, take Amalji's example, to keep prospective customers well informed and only to help others take proper decision. Those who have gone through it, know what is Toyota and what is its extent when it comes to upping the game level, which in my sincere opinion is not much. So those who thinking about it, go for it based upon what is its core as a car includes build, driving pleasure, ride, handling, comfort, utility etc and not just on the the look and feel basis.

P.S. Sorry for too much blah blah blah...

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