September 20, 2002
Toyota Echo receives mid-model styling changes for 2003
Big on space and small in size, the Toyota Echo attracted the attention of drivers who wanted big-car comfort and room in a compact package with an economy car price tag. But some potential buyers were turned off by the styling. For 2003, Toyota has made some thoughtful mid-model changes that add more style and substance, while reducing the price on base models by $400.
For 2003, Echo has new integrated bumpers and front grille. In addition,
the head- and tail-lamp clusters have a more rounded shape and a revised lamp
configuration, and the trunk lid has been reprofiled for a more subtle, streamlined
effect. Both Echo two- and four-door models are enhanced with new manual
remote side mirrors and intermittent windshield wipers. New 4-Door, Style and
Cruise Control option packages are available for the 4-door Echo, while a Cruise
Control option package is also available for 2-door Echo.
“In a segment that is extremely competitive both in price and content,
Echo is breaking sales records, even those set by the popular Tercel it
replaced,” said Tony Wearing, Group Vice President of Vehicle Sales and
Marketing of TCI. For 2003, we’re going to up the value ante even further by
reducing the price of the base model — even with added equipment — by about
The Echo returns for 2003 with the 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE engine developed specifically for Echo. Light and compact, Echo boasts an excellent power-to-weight ratio that puts its acceleration performance on par with key competitors as well as providing class-leading fuel economy with an
EnerGuide fuel rating of 6.6 L/100 km in city driving for a manual transmission model.