28 September 1999
TOYOTA LAUNCHES NEW ECHO MINI-CAR
Toyota has launched an all-new European-designed mini-car with advanced package efficiency and class-leading engine technology.
Toyota Echo is the first Toyota styled in Europe.
It goes on sale in Australia on October 8, from $14,990.
Echo offers outstanding space, safety, fuel and environmental efficiency in a challenging styling package.
It can accommodate four 190cm-tall adults.
Australian buyers have the choice of three model variants - 3-Door and 5-Door Hatch, with a 1.3 litre engine, and a four-door sedan with a 1.5 litre engine.
Both Echo Twin Cam Multi-valve engines have intelligent variable valve timing - a first in class and a first in Australia for a Toyota-badged vehicle.
VVT-I improves torque, power and fuel economy, and reduces emissions.
The 1.5 litre engine is the first mini-car engine to break the 100hp barrier.
It delivers 80kW (107hp) at 6000rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4200rpm.
The 1.3 litre Hatch engine achieves performance levels normally associated with a conventional 1.5 litre - 63kW at 6000rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4400rpm.
These engines can be matched to the five-speed manual or state-of-the-art electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmissions.
Echo Hatch was designed to a "short but tall" concept, for increased interior space and better aerodynamics.
At 3615mm overall length it is the shortest vehicle in the Toyota range.
Echo Hatch has a drag co-efficient of 0.30 and sedan has a coefficient of 0.29.
Toyota designed Echo under its GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) program to meet the world's toughest safety standards, including a 40 percent offset deformable barrier test at an impact speed of 64km/h - well in excess of the world test standard of 56km/h.
Passive safety features include driver's airbag SRS with force-limiting seatbelt pretensioner, whiplash injury lessening (WIL) front seats, head impact protection for the pillars and roof rails and a four-way collapsible steering column.
Echo has a refined interior package which includes digital centre-mounted instruments, and tri-tone interior colours with Jacquard cloth seat trim.
Echo's hip point is 580mm above the ground, for greater ease of entry and exit, and a relaxed driving position.
The rear seat in Hatchback is a 60/40 split fold design which tumbles forward to create additional luggage space.
Toyota Echo has more than a dozen cabin storage locations.
There are various option packs, including Safety Pack, for all models.
The 1999 Toyota Echo range, 3 door, 4 door and 5 door(rear).