The first rebadged Maruti Suzuki car that Toyota will offer in the Indian market is named the Glanza. Based on Maruti’s premium hatchback, the Baleno, the Glanza will be launched on the 6th of June. Ahead of its launch, the car has been dispatched to dealers all over the country and many spy images of the car can now be seen. Here is one such video which captures this upcoming hatchback, parked, in what seems to be a Toyota dealer parking lot, along with a number of other Toyota cars including the Innova Crysta, Etios and Etios Liva.
In order to keep manufacturing costs low, Toyota has made no changes in this model. The only differentiating factor on the exterior of the car is the new front grille which comes with 2 horizontal slats, finished in chrome. Reports suggest that even the sheet metal used on both cars is the same. One can expect the interior to follow the same philosophy and carry nearly no changes apart from a new infotainment screen, adding a bit of Toyota to the interior of the car.
Out of the three engine options available in the Baleno, the Toyota Glanza will only be offered with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. This motor is tuned to generate 82.94 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Expect the Glanza to be endowed with the same performance numbers. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard but a CVT automatic too is on offer as an option. Rumours suggest that unlike the Baleno, the Glanza will be offered in two trim levels only, starting with a G variant and the top of the line V variant.
Apart from the Baleno, Toyota will also be selling a rebadged version of the Vitara Brezza compact SUV in the future. This model sharing is done under the MoU these two automotive giants signed in the month of February in 2017. Toyota and Suzuki, as part of this MoU, will be bringing together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles, intend to grow in new fields, such as joint collaboration in production and in the widespread popularization of electrified vehicles.