Toyota has officially unveiled the all-new Belta based on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The all-new Belta will first go on sale in the Middle Eastern markets. The same model is likely to come to the Indian market to replace the Yaris from the line-up. The Belta will launch in India next year.
The official pictures and details of the Belta show that Toyota has taken the Baleno-Glanza route with the Belta. There are no changes in the car except for the logos. Belta gets the same design, exactly the same feature list and mechanicals. Unlike the Urban Cruiser, where Toyota took the effort to change the front-end, the Belta looks exactly the same as Ciaz. There are no changes.
The cabin of the Belta is also the same as the Ciaz. Toyota has not changed anything on the inside or the outside of the Belta. It offers the same features as the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel, same climate control system, analogue dials with coloured MID.
Under the hood, the Belta gets the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that is available with the Ciaz as well. The engine generates a maximum power of 105 PS and a peak torque of 138 Nm. However, Toyota is not offering a manual transmission with the Belta. Instead, only a four-speed automatic will be available. In India, however, Toyota will offer a five-speed manual transmission as well to keep the prices competitive.
The Toyota Belta is a Yaris replacement. In many countries, the Yaris used to sell as the Belta, which is why the new rebadged product will carry a different name in the Indian market as well.
When will it come to India?
Toyota will export the Belta to the markets around the world from India. The left-hand-drive Belta will be made in India as well. Given the fact that Toyota does not offer the Yaris sedan in the Indian market anymore. The Belta will come to the market to fill that void in the product line-up.
Toyota to also launch Rumion based on Ertiga
Toyota is also working to bring the all-new Rumion into the Indian market. Rumion is based on the Ertiga and is again a rebadged product. There are no changes in the Rumion as well. Toyota has already launched the car in South African markets and will bring the car to India next year. Toyota and Suzuki are also working on an all-new car to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the Indian market.