Toyota Glanza gets a cheaper entry-level variant: Mild hybrid powertrain dumped

Toyota has just introduced a new, entry level trim for the Glanza premium hatchback. Called the G MT trim, the new variant dumps the mild hybrid powertrain. It’s powered by a 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine with 82 Bhp-113 Nm outputs, and gets a 5 speed manual gearbox. Dumping the mild hybrid powertrain has allowed Toyota to reduce the price of the Glanza G MT trim by Rs. 24,000. Prices of the car now start from Rs. 6.98 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.

Toyota Glanza gets a cheaper entry-level variant: Mild hybrid powertrain dumped

In terms of fuel efficiency, the non mild hybrid version of the K-Series engine delivers  21.01 Kmpl, which is about 3 Kmpl lower than what the mild hybrid version of this engine offers. In the real world, expect the mileage difference to be about 1.5 Kmpl. So, if you’re not planning to do a lot of driving, the new G MT variant of the Glanza makes sense for you.

The Toyota Glanza is essentially a rebadged Maruti Baleno. Save for the Toyota badges, the car is no different from Maruti’s version of the Baleno. Toyota has even managed to price the Glanza quite competitively, and is seeing good numbers for the past few months. In fact, the Glanza now outsells the much cheaper Toyota Liva hatchback quite comprehensively.

The cheaper version of the Glanza could eat into the sales of the Baleno but Maruti Suzuki is unlikely to complain as the overall numbers of these cars (Glanza + Baleno) have registered an increase after the Toyota badged hatchback was introduced earlier this year. For someone who wants a diesel or turbo petrol engined version of this car, she or he will have to pick the Baleno as the Glanza is a petrol-only car.

The Maruti Baleno is available with a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 74 Bhp-190 Nm. This engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car also gets a 1 liter-3 cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol engine with 101 Bhp-150 Nm, which is also mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Both these engines are on the way out from the Baleno line-up in India. Come April 2020 or possibly even earlier, Maruti Suzuki will discontinue the Baleno’s diesel and turbo petrol engined variants as it will not make these engines compliant with the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms, which will come into effect from April 2020. After the BS6 norms kick in, the engines offered on the Baleno will be similar to what the Glanza gets. As for the Glanza, it will have no changes to its engine line-up, as the petrol engines it’s currently offered with are BS6 compliant.