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Toy­ota’s Etios range has grown with the ad­di­tion of a Sprint de­riv­a­tive (which re­places the mi­dlevel Xs model). The Etios Sprint fea­tures the fol­low­ing changes on both hatch­back and sedan mod­els: a com­pletely re­vamped front bumper de­sign; large lower air dam with in­te­grated foglamp bezels com­ple­mented by a ta­pered front grille; re­worked rear bumper; and a lower crease line ac­cen­tu­at­ing the pro­file. Twin-spoke 15-inch al­loy wheels round off the pack­age.

In­side, Toy­ota prom­ises im­proved per­ceived qual­ity and NVH per­for­mance. While pric­ing is un­con­firmed, we’ve been told the in­crease over the Xs will be min­i­mal.

Power for the new model is de­rived from the same 1,5-litre four-cylin­der petrol pow­er­plant. The nat­u­rally as­pi­rated mo­tor pro­duces 66 kw and 132 N.m of torque, de­liv­ered to the front wheels. The en­try-level Xi and Cross de­riv­a­tives round out the Etios range.

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