The Etios TRD Sportivo is an Etios which has been given a sporty makeover and some mild tweaks. Mind you these tweaks are just cosmetic and nothing on the engine’s has been done, but they don’t need much changing anyways. But before all that let us tell you something about the name. TRD (Toyota Racing Development, corporate brand of Toyota Technocraft Co. Ltd.) has walked along more than 50 years of Toyota Motorsports history with Toyota Motor Corporation. Today, TRD widely supports the Toyota Motorsports activities from the grass-root level races to the top category races, both domestically and internationally. Currently TRD is supporting TKM in planning and study of Etios based one make race. Back to the cosmetic changes and what you get is 15-inch smoked-design alloy wheels (which looks good), a sporty bodykit with front spoiler and side skirts, TRD Sportivo badge and some graphics. On the inside you get new dual tone fabric seat upholstery with TRD Sportivo logos and chrome accentuated gear knob. The Etios is now powered by two engine options. The petrol is the best in class 1.5-litre unit which is basically Toyota’s 2NR-FE unit but does without the VVTi technology to keep costs low. It not only puts out a very healthy 90PS of power, but at the same time, the car being as light as a premium hatchback means it’s power to weight ratio is better than the competition. This engine manages to score top marks in every single department – refinement, low end punch, outright acceleration as well as fuel economy. I repeatedly drove the car in rush hour traffic while pondering at speeds as low as 30-35km/h in top gear. The interiors on the other hand are truly one of the strongest selling points of the Etios. The first thing that strikes you is the red and black upholstery. It looks sporty, a little flashy too but definitely adds to the bling factor and youth appeal. The interiors are, without a doubt, the most practical and spacious of the lot in this price range and make the car feel like a much bigger segment vehicle on several occasions. There a million cubby holes for knick-knacks, cups, bottles et al and much thought and process has gone into making the cabin a very relaxing and airy place to be in. The car is available in a few colours namely white and silver. Prices for the Etios TRD Sportivo is Rs. 6.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the diesel Etios TRD Sportivo has been priced at Rs. 7.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). We certainly like what we see here and it gives the Etios a boost in the looks department.