The “for India” Toyota Etios sedan has been unveiled in its production form, and dealerships across India have started taking orders for the sedan, which is said to go for a starting price of 496,000 Rupees (RM34,680) up to 686,000 Rupees for the top of the line.

Here’s a dimension comparison of the Etios and the Vios. It’s basically shorter, slightly narrower but taller than the current generation Toyota Vios on sale here in Malaysia. It’s got the same wheelbase though, so it most probably sits on the same platform.

  Toyota Etios Toyota Vios
Wheelbase 2,550mm 2,550mm
Length 4,265mm 4,300mm
Width 1,695mm 1,700mm
Height 1,510mm 1,460mm

A brief overview of the features which are ‘customised’ for what people look for in the Indian market – a cooled glovebox, best in class 595 litres boot space, a total of 7 bottle holders for 1 litre bottles, Electric Power Steering, a 170mm ground clearance as opposed to about 150mm in our local Vios, etc. I don’t see the option for a diesel engine though!

This Etios Sedan is powered by a 2NR-FE 1.5 litre engine (newer than our Malaysian 1.5L 1NZ-FE) that integrates the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head. It’s tuned for fuel efficiency – power is lower than usual at only 90 PS at 5,600rpm and peak torque is 132Nm at a lowish 3,000rpm, compared to our Malaysian spec 1NZ-FE 1.5 litre’s 109 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm at 4,200rpm. A hatchback version called the Etios Liva with a smaller 1.2 litre engine should be coming in April 2011.

Look after the jump for a few hi-res images of the Toyota Etios.

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