The Toyota Glanza, a result of Maruti Suzuki and Toyota sharing resources, now has a confirmed launch date. The rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno is scheduled to be launched on the 6th of June, just a few weeks from now. The Glanza will soon be joined by a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which would be the second model that the two Japanese automotive giants would share. This model sharing is being done as part of a memorandum of understanding these two companies signed in February 2017. As part of this MoU, the companies will not only share models but will also work together to develop hybrid technologies for the future.
The Toyota Glanza, as seen in spy images, would very little changes when compared with the donor model, the Baleno. On the outside, Toyota would use a different grille, comprising two horizontal slats. The alloy wheels on the car come with Toyota logos at the centre. At the rear too, the S emblem of Suzuki is replaced by Toyota’s logo and the Baleno badge is replaced by Glanza. On the inside too, the Glanza is identical to the Baleno, with the same infotainment screen and MID. Just like the outside, on the inside too, the steering wheel adorns the Toyota logo. Unlike the Baleno which is sold in many variants, the Glanza would be offered in two trim levels only. The V variant would be top of the line, equipped similarly to Baleno’s Alpha variant. The other variant, dubbed G, would be similarly equipped to Baleno’s Zeta variant.
Out of the three engine options available on the Baleno, the Toyota would be offered with the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder motor petrol motor. The peppy 1-litre turbocharged motor and the oil burner would be missed on this car. This engine has been tuned to develop 82.94 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm in the Baleno. Expect the Glanza to deliver the same figures when launched. In terms of transmission, the Glanza will come standard with a 5-speed stick shift but a CVT too would on offer for ease of driving. Keep looking at this space for more news on the rebadged Baleno and live coverage of the launch event.