Apparently, there’s a strong market for small pseudo-SUVs in Brazil, as after Volkswagen with its Cross Fox, Fiat with the Idea Adventure and Uno Way, and more recently, Hyundai with the HB20X, Toyota is also jumping on the bandwagon with the Etios Cross that goes on sale from November 18.
The Cross treatment on the Etios hatchback (there’s also a sedan body style) applies on the lower part of the body with some visually questionable black plastic moldings and silver-colored trims together with a new grille, roof bars that can transport luggage weighing up to 50 kg (110 lbs) and restyled wheels.
The car also rides on a taller suspension, but that’s the only change under the sheetmetal, with the Cross retaining the regular Etios’ front-wheel drive powertrain that links a 96hp 1.5-liter engine to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Changes inside are also limited to the seat fabrics and the trim accents, with the Cross featuring the same basic equipment as the top-line Etios XLS.
Prices in Brazil start from R$45,690, which comes to around US$20,100 or €14,900.