Saar: Based on the top-spec VX trim, it boasts some extra garnishing inside and out.

 

As it did the last year, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has done it again this year. What? It has silently introduced the 2019 Platinum Etios Limited Edition. Based on the range-topping VX trim, it is available with both petrol and diesel engines. Choose the former and you’ll be paying Rs 8.03 lakh, whereas the latter will cost you Rs 9.13 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom Delhi). Compared to the standard VX trims, the Limited Edition demands an extra Rs 25,000.

 

 

 

 

So, what do you get for your money? On the outside, it features 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels from the Etios Liva Limited Edition and a front grille finished in black and chrome. The Platinum Etios Limited Edition is available in three exterior colours – Phantom Brown, Pearl White and a new shade called Premium Blue. More noteworthy changes are on in the inside. There’s a new brown and beige dual-tone upholstery, newly designed fabric seats, piano-black finish on dashboard and armrest and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring.

 

Worth spending the extra money? Our answer is yes. The combination of some added exuberance and the expected limited-run nature of the car makes for quite a compelling prospect. Other features that the Etios Platinum Limited Edition comes with include electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, a cooled glovebox, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear defogger, a 6-speaker sound system and a multi-function steering wheel. Needless to say, safety gizmos such as rear parking sensors, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX anchorages are part of the kit.

 

 

Unsurprisingly, there are no mechanical changes to report. The Platinum Etios Limited Edition can be had with either a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 90PS/132Nm or a 1.4-litre diesel mill which is good for 68PS/170Nm. Both engines are coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission which harnesses and feeds the oomph to the front wheels only. As far as mileage figures go, the petrol-MT and diesel-MT combinations can return up to 16.78kmpl and 23.59kmpl, respectively.

 

Even though the Toyota Platinum Etios falls in the same sort of price bracket as the sub-4 metres sedans do, it is bigger and offers way more space. Its closest competitor, in terms of the overall package, is the Nissan Sunny which was recently updated with more safety features.