At the end of April 2018, we reported that Toyota South Africa Motors had quietly added a new "Sport" hatchback derivative to its Etios range. Now, the local arm of the Japanese automaker has confirmed this new variant, while also rolling out minor updates to the rest of the Etios line-up.
As previously reported, the limited-edition Etios Sport is offered in Glacier White or Retro Red paint, each paired with a black roof and pillars. The grille, side-mirror caps and rear spoiler have all also been finished in black.
Furthermore, this model runs on 15-inch alloys, borrowed from the Etios Cross and wrapped in 185/60/R15 rubber. Round back, you’ll find a lone “Sport” badge.
Despite this moniker, the new model (like all other variants in the Etios range) is powered by a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine, which sends 66 kW and 132 N.m to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
So, what about the rest of the range (including the sedans)? Well, a new “Optitron” instrument cluster has been fitted to all models, complete with a digital tachometer on the left and a "full-sweep" speedometer on the right.
Meanwhile, the entry-level Xi model gains electric windows at the rear.
Toyota Etios 1,5 Xi hatch: R171 000
Toyota Etios 1,5 Sprint hatch: R176 300 Toyota Etios 1,5 Sport hatch: R178 800
Toyota Etios 1,5 Xi sedan: R179 500
Toyota Etios 1,5 Sprint sedan: R184 400
Toyota Etios 1,5 Cross hatch: R198 400
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