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Toyota has discontinued the Corolla Altis and the Etios range of models in the Indian market. All engines powering the aforementioned models have not been updated to meet BS6 emission standards by the company.
The Toyota Corolla (premium sedan), the Platinum Etios (compact-sedan), the Etios Liva (hatchback), and the Etios Cross (crossover-hatchback) models have been removed from the company's official website. As a result, the Toyota Glanza and the Yaris become the only hatchback and the entry-level sedan, respectively from the brand's Indian line-up.
The decision to discontinue the Corolla Altis from the brand's line-up could be because of low sales numbers registered by the premium sedan. The Etios sedan and hatchback models in the line-up was a popular choice among fleet and cab aggregators because of its low maintenance and reliable engines.
While we wonder what the cab and fleet aggregators will choose next as their ideal hatchback or sedan, here is a quick lowdown on all the models that have been discontinued by Toyota.
Toyota Etios Liva was the entry-level hatchback in the company's line-up. The Etios Liva was available in two engine options: a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 79bhp and 104Nm of torque; and a 1.4-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. Both engines came mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox.
Both engines have not been carried forward by the company to meet the BS6 emission standards. Toyota Etios Liva rivaled the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Ford Figo; among others.
Toyota Etios Cross was a crossover version of the Liva hatchback. Apart from the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel, the crossover-hatchback was also offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 89bhp and 132Nm of torque. All engines came mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox.
The crossover-hatchback featured chunky body claddings, faux skid plates, and roof rails over the standard model. There were subtle changes on the inside of the Etios Cross as well.
Toyota Platinum Etios compact-sedan offered a comfortable ride and was ideal for private and commercial use. The Etios sedan was offered with a 1.4-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 67bhp and 170Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 89bhp and 132Nm of torque. Both engines came mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox.
Whether the company will bring back the Etios sedan powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as the one on the Yaris is yet to be seen.
Toyota Corolla Altis was a premium sedan offering from the company. The Corolla model was on sale in the Indian market for a long time. However, Toyota has pulled the plug and will not carry it forward to make it BS6 compliant. The decision could be due to the low demand of C-segment cars in India, as buyers in the price bracket now prefer to buy an SUV instead of.
The Toyota Corolla Altis was offered with two engine options: a 1.4-litre turbo-diesel producing 87bhp and 205Nm of torque, and a 1.8-litre petrol producing 138bhp and 173Nm of torque. Both engines came mated to a standard six-speed gearbox, with an optional automatic on the petrol variants.
Thoughts About The Toyota Corolla Altis & Etios Range Discontinued In India
We will surely miss these cars as they were among a set of low-maintenance cars that offered unmatched reliability as far as engines were concerned. The Toyota Corolla was one among the popular cars in the premium sedan segment, however, the demand for the model has dropped substantially. While Toyota have removed their models (Etios range) for commercial use Maruti Suzuki have increased their presence by adding more models to its ‘Tour' range which is targeted towards cab aggregators.