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Old 1st March 2013, 21:51   #196
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Scoop:: Kind of got a confirmed news that a new improved variant of Etios (probably Liva too) is hitting the showrooms in 15-20 days' time. I am NOT told any specifics, but from whatever I sourced, the seats will be re-worked (may get a removable head rest) and dash might have changes in design / color.

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Kind of got a confirmed news that a new improved variant of Etios (probably Liva too) is hitting the showrooms in 15-20 days' time. I am NOT told any specifics, but from whatever I sourced, the seats will be re-worked (may get a removable head rest) and dash might have changes in design / color.
Wish this doesn't end up as yet another colored dash that they tried already Or say a touch screen audio system

Lets hope for the best
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Scoop:: Kind of got a confirmed news that a new improved variant of Etios (probably Liva too) is hitting the showrooms in 15-20 days' time. I am NOT told any specifics, but from whatever I sourced, the seats will be re-worked (may get a removable head rest) and dash might have changes in design / color.
This is the info I have till now.
  • Improved NVH
  • 1.5l Petrol Engine for Liva
  • Better Music Player ( Looks good, not sure about functionality improvements )
  • Head rests for front seats
  • Better rear seats
  • Minor colour changes on the dash
  • Indicators on ORVMs
  • Minor changes to tail lamps and head light
  • Double rubber beedings on doors
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Wish this doesn't end up as yet another colored dash that they tried already Or say a touch screen audio system

Lets hope for the best
I'm afraid - the aesthetics are not changed much.
A complete revamp of the dash will be seen only after 3 years.
Toyota doesn't make major changes fast. They are very conservative in their approach giving priority to durability, product support and utility of the vehicle than to aesthetics.

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+1. The Etios/Liva siblings seriously need a revamp in the interior section and the first thing they need is a redesign of the dash. Would love to see some good changes happen to both the cars.
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There is a scoop video of the new edition on youtube -


The chrome, grey and silver looks completely out of sync with beige.
The could have used chocolate brown to compliment beige instead of grey/silver
Are the interior designers at Toyota blind or what or is it just me that feels so !

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There is a scoop video of the new edition on youtube - ....
The chrome, grey and silver looks completely out of sync with beige....!
That's a YUCK beige!! I would NOT even touch the Etios with this beige. I somehow had started liking the grey dash and then they brought this color!!
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This is just what i expected. They have thrown a two din music system that we can anyway get after market. Exteriors were always decent and no complaints here. it is the interiors that needed Attention.

Toyota still thinks We indians dont deserve better interiors, so it is giving us third world interiors. 3 years for a change in dash ? Looks like they have high hopes that India will become a developed nation by then.
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The chrome, grey and silver looks completely out of sync with beige.
The could have used chocolate brown to compliment beige instead of grey/silver
I felt it to be better than the current dark theme. Got a hint of aping the Honda theme?

Didn't like the new shape of the ORVMs.

Adjustable head rests are always welcome.

Were the steering mounted controls present earlier?

I absolutely loved the current tail lamp and rear design of the Liva. The design lines had made me gape at the back of many a Liva on the road. Sad that it'll be gone. The Liva was the only Toyota I loved to look at, especially in black and in the blue; not even the Etios sedan.

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Toyota still thinks We indians dont deserve better interiors, so it is giving us third world interiors. 3 years for a change in dash ?
This was the same expression my dad had when we test-drived the Liva. No, he was not informed beforehand of the bland interiors. He was like - too bad about what Toyota thinks about the Indian customer! I somehow liked riding (the noise form the engine is even, the suspension much to my liking, the steering the biggest plus, felt like a big car; not considering other points) the Liva more than any, even the Punto or the Swift or the one we bought, the Micra. But it was the interiors of the Liva that put off any deal. Of course, the extra drive-ability of the Micra (for dad, it's actually overkill for me; I like operating a bit more heavy machinery, but for my knees and elbows) had always tilted the scales.

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A little birdie tells me that the minor facelift versions of Liva and Etios will be launched in Mumbai on 10th March at the Final of Toyota University Cricket Championship which is currently underway.
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Guys, just one question.
Would it be possible for one to order the TRD style bumper spoilers instead of the standard bumper spoilers? Has anyone got any information about this?
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The ORVMs are getting the turn signal indicators. However, the shape of the ORVMS are also changed. Is this having electrical mirror adjustment now?

If yes a welcome addition to catch up with the competition.

The beige dashboard is nothing short of YUCK!
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The interior looks a lot better in my opinion although not a fan of that central mounted cluster. Surprisingly the tail lamps look a lot cooler now, with its vibrant red colour!
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I personally do not like the beige interior they are selling now in the GD-SP versions. The darker interior looks better to me that comes with only GD model.

If toyota provides better NVH, hope they give an option to fit those things at a cost to the existing vehicles also.

Somehow I am not convinced about rear ride of Liva on uneven concrete roads after 55 km/hr. Its quite bumpy after 55 km/hr. Ofcourse, my benchmark is punto. The vehicle is quite good otherwise, even with all its limitations.
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A little birdie tells me that the minor facelift versions of Liva and Etios will be launched in Mumbai on 10th March at the Final of Toyota University Cricket Championship which is currently underway.
+1 to that. A friend of mine who works for toyota has also comfirmed me the same. The main changes will be done in the interiors. From what he has said (we have to take into account the company loyalty factor here), the new interiors are a huge leap forward and now this car actually feels like a vehicle from a premium marque (at least for india) like Toyota.
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This is the info I have till now.
  • Improved NVH
  • 1.5l Petrol Engine for Liva
  • Better Music Player ( Looks good, not sure about functionality improvements )
  • Head rests for front seats
  • Better rear seats
  • Minor colour changes on the dash
  • Indicators on ORVMs
  • Minor changes to tail lamps and head light
  • Double rubber beedings on doors
Visited Nippon Toyota Cochin today to give my car for 30,000 kms service
They confirmed that they have the facelift model in their showroom but they are not permitted to show the car to the customers at this moment. But, they gave details of a few more improvements
  • Height Adjustable seat
  • Blue lighting on the speedometer
  • Music Player even on the low end models.
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