The budget twins from Toyota have not been accepted well in India since the styling is atleast a decade old, while the centrally mounted instrument cluster and the black theme on the dashboard are one of the most boring interiors that Toyota has ever made.
Almost ever dealer’s focus is on the Innova and Fortuner in terms of sales being the segment leader in their respective segments. However ,there are a few Toyota dealers are trying to push the Etios by offering a range of accessories and upgrades, one such upgrade that gives the Etios a premium feel in a major way is the beige interior treatment which costs Rs. 40,000/-.
The complete interior gets the beige treatment, right from the dashboard to the seats, roof, carpet, parcel shelf and door pads. There are wood inserts on the dashboard, steering wheel and door. The seats and doors also get dark brown colours, which give the interiors a dual-tone appearance. The beige treatment makes the interiors of the Etios lively, although its the engines which really need some liveliness.
Toyota is sold 4270 units of the sedan and only 2587 units of the hatchback in the month of May 2012. The sales hasn’t been good for Toyota since the price cuts are evident in the car and anybody can judge the quality of the car and now with the upgrade, the Etios definitely looks premium but will it win among the masses is something that we have to wait and watch.