In a couple of hours from now, Toyota will launch its first badge engineered car for the Indian market, in the form of the Glanza premium hatchback, which is essentially a rebadged Maruti Baleno. The Toyota Glanza will be offered in two trims: G and V, and will get two engines and two gearbox options. It won’t have a diesel engine though. The car is likely to be pricier than the Maruti Baleno, variant to variant, but will get the same set of features that are offered in the Baleno’s Zeta and Alpha trims, on the G and V variants respectively. Toyota is likely to offer a better warranty on the Glanza, and a 3 years/unlimited kms warranty scheme is doing the rounds currently. Here is a walkaround video that shows the car inside out.
The Glanza’s engine options are as follows. 1. A 1.2 liter DualJet petrol with 90 Bhp-113 Nm, paired to a five speed manual gearbox. This engine will also get a mild hybrid powertrain. 2. The other engine and gearbox combination on the car will be the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated motor paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. As for fuel efficiency, Toyota claims 23.87 Kmpl for the mild hybrid, 21.01 Kmpl for the petrol-manual and 19.56 Kmpl for the petrol-automatic.
As for safety features, the Glanza will get twin airbags, ABS+EBD, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, cruise control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, speed alerts and seat belt reminder. Creature comforts on the top-end trim will include automatic climate control, LED projector headlamps, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, driver’s seat height adjust and power adjust and folding wing mirrors, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and LED DRLs.
Bookings for the Toyota Glanza are already open at dealerships across India, and actual customer deliveries are likely to happen from later today. The car will be built by Maruti Suzuki at its Gujarat factory, and shipped to Toyota, which will then distribute to its dealer stockyards across the country. Maruti has already dispatched about 2,300 units of the Glanza to Toyota last month, and a similar number is likely this month as well.
Toyota is aiming to sell about 2,000-3,000 units of the Glanza each month. In the coming years, more badge engineered cars from Toyota will be launched in India. The automaker has already announced that the Maruti Brezza, Ertiga and Ciaz are the three next badge engineered cars that will wear Toyota badges in the next couple of years.