The news of Toyota offering a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno has been out for quite some time now. The two leading car manufacturers have joined hands for providing better electric and hybrid car technologies and will also share some cars in the process of doing so. Toyota will not only obtain the Baleno premium hatchback but will also be selling a rebadged variant of the Vitara Brezza compact SUV in the near future. The rebadged Baleno, however, is about to make its debut very soon, in the month of June. To be called the Glanza, images of this car have surfaced the internet, revealing the exterior of this hatchback, have a look.
The only noticeable difference seen in the two hatchbacks is the different radiator grille. Unlike the Baleno, the Glanza comes with 2 horizontal slats which hold the Toyota logo in the centre. There, surprisingly, is no other difference in the exterior. Toyota not only will use the same sheet metal but also the same bumper design at both ends. Going by the looks of the exterior, one can expect the interior to follow the same philosophy and carry nearly no changes apart from a new infotainment screen. Seen in these spy images is the top-of-the-line V variant of the Glanza. Unlike the Baleno which has multiple trim levels on offer, the Glanza will be offered in two trim levels only – V and G.
Under the bonnet of this rebadged hatchback, you shall find the K12M 1.2-litre Variable Valve Timing petrol engine. This motor is BS – VI compliant and is paired with a 5-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission in the Baleno, expect the Toyota to offer the same as well. This engine is rated to produce 82.94 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. The Glanza will not have a diesel motor on offer and the Baleno too, will soon be missing out on an oil burner as Maruti has decided to put a stop on small diesel powered cars from April, 2020. Linked below is the teaser of the upcoming Glanza, do have a look and stay tuned for more updates.
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