The Indian consumer is changing. There is a distinct change in the mindset of the car buyers and the pronounced shift can be seen from small cars to the bigger ones.
Broadly labeled the crossover, these are also called the Crossover Utility Vehicle. As the name suggests, these vehicles are another form of utility vehicles – a type that makes a shift over from a traditional form to a new one. Crossovers are always based on the same platform as a regular hatchback, and blends in the features prevalent in the original vehicle along with those that are seen in an SUV. Crossovers have all the features of a sports utility vehicle like spacious interiors, high seating, high ground clearance and all-wheel-drive capability. But a major disadvantage is that crossovers do not have the capability to ride on the off-roads.
One of the earlier Crossovers was the Palio Adventure. The Italian giant also came out with the Fiat Avventura. Other promising launches include Toyota’s Etios Cross and Volkswagen’s Cross Polo.
So which is the best Best Crossover Car for business?
The Etios Cross is based on the same platform as the Liva hatchback. The Japanese car maker has done a great job in making it look more muscular and robust. The Etios Cross features a uniquely designed front grille with silver grille guard and chin that is flanked by the fog lamps to give that ‘Crossover’ look and feel.
The interiors come with a dual tone black and beige colour scheme with a glossy black and silver finish. The features include a 2-DIN Audio CD System integrated with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, 3-spoked power steering wheel, chrome accented A/C vents and digital clock. There are storage spaces like cup holders, bottle holders, door and seat pockets and a glove box unit.
Safety is taken care by ABS with EBD, and SRS airbags. There are other features, central locking, keyless entry, immobilizer, seat belt and door ajar warning, child safety locks, fog lights and rear defogger.
The car comes with ample knee room and head space for them and is ideally the best crossover for business. The boot space of the Etios Cross is 251 litres.
The Etios Cross is available with three engine options – a 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre petrol engine producing 79 bhp and 89 bhp of power respectively and a 1.4 litre diesel unit giving out 67 bhp of power. Both petrol and diesel engine are mated to a five speed gear box. The car delivers a mileage of 17 kmpl for the petrol engines and 23 kmpl for the diesel variant.
The Etios Cross comes in 2 petrol and 2 diesel variants priced from Rupees 5.76 to 7.41 lakhs.