The Toyota Glanza premium hatchback is doing quite well for the Japanese automaker. The rebadged Baleno has sold 1,919 units in June 2019, outselling the likes of the Volkswagen Polo and the Honda Jazz, which did 1,450 units and 680 units. Compared to the other hatchback in Toyota’s Indian line-up – the Liva – the Glanza has done pretty well. The Liva and the Etios Cross crossover style hatchback together sold just 693 units. The segment leaders continue to be the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, which did 13,689 units and 9,271 units in June 2019 respectively.
Notably, the Liva and Etios Cross are available with both petrol and turbo diesel engines but the Toyota Glanza is a petrol-only car. It gets 1.2 liter K-Series petrol (82 Bhp-113 Nm) and a 1.2 liter mild hybrid (90 Bhp-113 Nm) engines, 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. Also, the Toyota Glanza is a lot pricier than the Liva range, and also gets a slew of additional features, premium interiors and fresher looks. Despite it being a badge engineered car, the Glanza has been priced very competitively by Toyota, with a starting price of Rs. 7.22 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The top end CVT automatic trim is priced at Rs. 8.9 lakhs.
Coming to the likes of the Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo, both cars are at the ends of their life cycles, and the poor numbers are reflection of this. Honda is readying up a new version of the Jazz for launch in India in 2020. The car is likely to make its debut later this year, at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new Jazz will get petrol mild hybrid and turbo diesel engines in the Indian market. Internationally, it will be sold as a petrol hybrid car, and the Chinese market is also expected to get an all-electric version of the 2020, 3rd generation Jazz. The electric version of the next-generation Honda Jazz could also be launched in India, as the automaker’s first electric vehicle for the Indian market.
The Volkswagen Polo will get yet another facelift shortly, which will give it GTI looks. The car is also expected to gain new features. The Polo is offered with 3 engine options: a 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol in the base trim, a 1.5 liter TDI turbocharged diesel engine and a 1.2 liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine on the top-end trim. The facelifted Polo is expected to be a petrol-only model, with a new 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine becoming the staple of the car as Volkswagen has annonuced that it would be dropping diesel engines once the BS6 norms come into place in April 2020.