Nearly two years after its launched in India and Brazil, Indonesia is the third country to introduce the Etios. While the Etios is available in both a sedan and hatchback bodytype, Indonesian consumers will only be getting the hatchback variant, christened as the Etios Valco.
As correctly speculated by CBT last year, the Etios is manufactured at Toyota's new $1.3 billion Plant No.2 in Karawang, Indonesia.
PT. Toyota Astra Motor says it targets to sell 19,000 units of the Etios Valco this year.
With a starting price of IDR 135.5 million (about RM 43,000), the Etios is slotted between the Toyota Yaris and the Daihatsu made Toyota Agya.
There will be grades on offer, the entry level J, middle range E and the top of the range G grade. All models are only available with a 5-speed manual transmission, so don't expect any Indonesian made Etios models to be imported into Malaysia under AFTA anytime soon.
The Etios Valco will compete with the Honda Brio and Nissan March for a slice of the rapidly growing 'city car' compact hatchback segment, which grew by 175.84 percent between 2009 and 2012
Depending on the model grade, the features include a 2-DIN audio four speaker audio system with steering wheel control buttons and support for MP3 and WMA format, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and a cooler box (inside the glovebox).
Power comes from a 1.2 litre petrol 3NR-FE 16 valve DOHC engine producing 80 PS at 5,600 rpm and 103,9 Nm of torque at 3,100 rpm.
Compared with the Indian market Etios Liva, the Indonesian Etios Valco is differentiated by a slightly more sporty front bumper.