The Toyota Glanza – rebadged Maruti Baleno premium hatchback – has already begun reaching dealerships across India. It’s likely that the Glanza you’re watching in the video lined up below is a display unit, meant to be showcased at Toyota dealerships across the country. This is perhaps the reason why there’s only a single unit of the Toyota Glanza in a dealership stockyard filled with Innova Crysta MPVs. Notably, the Innova Crysta is Toyota’s best selling car in the Indian market, clocking about 6,000 units on an average each month.
The Toyota Glanza, which is a rebadged and restyled version of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, will be offered as a petrol-only car. To power the Glanza, Toyota is expected to pick either the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine or the 1.2 liter DualJet petrol engine with a mild hybrid. The exact specifications of the car’s engine will be known soon even as the launch date is scheduled for the 5th of June, 2019. There will be two gearbox options on offer – a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic.
Toyota dealers have already begun accepting bookings for the Glanza, which is expected to be priced higher than the Baleno. Apart from a new front grille and changed logos at the front and rear ends of the car, the Glanza is more or less a Maruti Baleno with different badges. Even the interiors and features on offer with the Toyota Glanza is expected to be similar to what’s on offer with the Maruti Baleno. Twin airbags, ABS, a reverse parking camera, speed alerts, seat belt reminder and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered on the Glanza.
Maruti Suzuki will produce the Glanza at its factory in Gujarat, and ship it to Toyota’s factory in Bidadi. Customers wanting more choice will have to opt for the Maruti Suzuki-badged Baleno though. The premium hatchback gets two more engine options with the Maruti badge – a 1 liter-3 cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol motor with 101 Bhp-150 Nm and a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motor with 74 Bhp-190 Nm. Both these engines are paired to five speed manual gearboxes.
The Glanza will be Toyota’s first badge-engineered car in the Indian market, and the automaker has plans to export the car to developing markers around the world. Toyota will launch more badge-engineered cars in India, and all these cars will be ones from Maruti Suzuki. The Vitara Brezza compact SUV is the next badge engineered car from Toyota, and there’s talk that Toyota will also build the Vitara Brezza at its production facility in Bangalore. Other cars that will be badge engineered by Toyota will be the new Ertiga MPV and the Ciaz C-Segment sedan.