Suzuki and Toyota’s global partnership has spawned many new products around the world. Back home in India, Toyota has launched a couple of vehicles based on the Maruti Suzuki products. The model to be launched in the Indian market from the partnership was the Baleno-based Glanza while the second model was the Vitara Brezza-based Urban Cruiser. Now Toyota is ready to launch its third rebadged product in the Indian market, based on the MPV.
According to GaadiWaadi, Toyota is ready with its next rebadged product will be based on the updated Ertiga and its premium sibling – XL6. With the updated Ertiga and XL6, Toyota will launch its own version of the MPVs in the Indian market.
Toyota Innova Crysta is a pioneer when it comes to MPVs in India. However, the price of the Innova Crysta keeps away a lot of buyers in the Indian market. With the new rebadged products, Toyota will be able to target a much wider audience, just like it did with the Glanza and the Urban Cruiser.
For the first product – the Glanza, Toyota did not do many changes to the vehicle. Only the badges were replaced with the new ones and a few variants rejig was done to offer more value. However, for the second product – Urban Cruiser, Toyota did make some efforts to make the car look slightly different from its base product – the Vitara Brezza.
The third product is likely to incorporate more changes to give it a distinctive Toyota look. While the Ertiga/XL6 will remain the same in Toyota’s iteration from the side, it is the face, which is likely to get some updates.
Petrol powered only
Just like the Maruti Suzuki products, Toyota will not offer a diesel engine option with the rebadged product. It will get the same 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. It generates a maximum power of 105 PS an peak torque of 138 Nm. Maruti Suzuki offers a mild hybrid system with its products and Toyota will also do the same. The mild-hybrid system increases the fuel efficiency by assisting the engine during acceleration and also sustaining the electricals when the engine shuts down automatically due to the idle start-stop system.
Maruti Suzuki offers a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic torque convertor with this engine option. Toyota will also do the same with its product.
What more will Toyota offer? Well, one of the most significant upgrades that Toyota offers with the rebadged products in India is the warranty. Toyota offers a much longer and better warranty on the rebadged products compared to Maruti Suzuki and that attracts a lot of customers too. The upcoming rebadged MPV will follow the same.
Toyota is also working on the rebadged version of the Ciaz. The all-new product will replace the Yaris from the model line-up and it will be launched by the end of this year. Toyota is yet to officially make any announcements for the new products.