Toyota is presently one of the top-selling automobile makers in the country and sells quite a good number of units annually. The cars that drive the sales margin are the big ones, like the Innova Crysta and the Fortuner SUV, both in their latest generation.
However, when we speak about Toyota cars in the smaller C and B-segments, the regularity in sales is not quite evident. Though the Etios series has a sedan, a hatchback, and a crossover, the combined sales figure is still not up to the mark. But looking at the Etios sedan, we always knew that it had potential but could not transform it into numbers. If you want to know about the detailed specifications and features of the car, you can visit https://autoportal.com/newcars/toyota/etios.
Speaking of the Toyota Etios sedan, we can barely forget that it is one of oldest cars in the segment but still struggles to rank in the top three in terms of the sales generated. So, is there anything that is holding it back from becoming the bestseller. Let’s find out.
Toyota offers two airbags as a standard fitment across all the variants in the lineup, which is not very different than the other cars. The services of ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution can also be traced in all the trims. However, apart from these, there isn’t anything else that could woo the customers into buying it.
Moreover, even the top end trim does not have an automatic climate control, along with reverse parking camera, which are almost like necessities in higher trims these days.
The Toyota Etios is available in both the fuel trims, that are, petrol and diesel. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is capable of making a maximum power of 88 bhp along with a peak torque of 132 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.4-litre diesel engine makes 67 bhp power and 170 Nm torque.
If looked in the context of the present automobile market, both the engines, especially the diesel variant, are clearly underpowered. The likes of the Honda City and the new Hyundai Verna are extremely powerful.
Moreover, the power is sent down to the wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox with no automatic transmission options. This is another major drawback as all the other cars in the segment have an automatic option on offer.
As far as the designing of the Toyota Etios is concerned, it looks simple and classy. However, classiness here sounds irrelevant as the model has not received a major aesthetic update for a long time and portrays the same design.
Hence, among the present breed of sedans, almost all of them are regularly updated, including the Honda City (2017) and Hyundai Verna (2017). The styling, when compared to the peers, appear to be too outdated.
If we are to believe that the Toyota Etios has the potential be one among the best selling sedans in India, there are certain things that the company has to look into. Firstly, a huge cosmetic makeover is the need of the hour as the present design seems to be too dull to be a bestseller in 2018.
Secondly, Toyota should try introducing a new set of engines, both petrol, and diesel. Both the variants look underpowered and it would be great if the company to bring out more potent options, which could probably make over 90 bhp power.
Lastly, no car can rake up the sales chart if there is no automatic transmission variant offered. Manual transmissions are high in demand, no doubt. But the presence of an AMT or CVT will get the higher trims in demand. Of course, why would anyone buy a higher trim if there are no such mechanical update given?