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Maruti Baleno-based Toyota Glanza Strong Hybrid spied testing

Toyota is currently testing a strong hybrid version of the Glanza that was seen on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno a month ago. The strong hybrid system is expected to be the same one that we have seen on Swift Hybrid that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The vehicle came with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a 10 kW electric motor. The petrol engine alone could produce 92 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 118 Nm whereas the electric motor could produce 30 Nm of peak torque. Combined, the setup could deliver an astounding fuel efficiency of 32 kmpl. If you would like to know about how the fuel efficiency was achieved you can click here to read more about it.

There were no cosmetic changes to the vehicle and the variant that was spied was the G variant which is the base variant of Glanza. Currently, the Glanza is offered with a mild-hybrid system where the 48V battery provides torque assists at lower engine revs, idle start/stop which ultimately helps in increasing the fuel efficiency. Because of this setup, the premium hatchback is able to deliver fuel efficiency close to 24 kmpl. The main power comes through the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated DualJet petrol engine that produces 90 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 114 Nm. It is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

There is also a CVT automatic transmission available with the Glanza which comes with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It does not get the mild-hybrid technology. There is a high chance that Maruti Suzuki will first launch the Baleno Hybrid which will be followed by the Glanza Hybrid soon after. Both the hatchbacks are expected to get launched in the Indian market before the end of the year. The Toyota Glanza and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno competes with the Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz and the Honda Jazz.

Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are also working on a new S-Cross replacement SUV, which is internally being called YFG. It is the first product that is jointly developed from ground-up by both the manufacturers. The SUV is expected to use the platform from Toyota Raize. The YFG will be underpinned by DNGA platform which is a low-cost version of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). The design elements will be derived from the Grand Vitara. So, expect the new SUV to have a wide and upright design. It will come with a strong hybrid or a mild-hybrid powertrain. The new SUV along with the engine and transmission options will be shared by both the manufacturers. The production of the SUV will take place at Toyota Motor Corp.’s Karnataka factory. The SUV is expected to hit the Indian market at the beginning of 2022. Currently, Toyota sells a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Vitara Brezza as the Urban Cruiser compact-SUV.

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