Suzuki and Toyota came in a global partnership which allowed Suzuki to work with Toyota’s hybrid technology while Toyota in return got some of the rebadged vehicles of Maruti Suzuki. Now, there has been a picture of the rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz’s grille. The new grille carries the logo of Toyota. This means that we can soon expect a Toyota’s version of the Ciaz.
Having said that, the name of the rebadged Ciaz has not been revealed yet. In fact, there is no official information from Toyota themselves. However, as the grille has been spotted we can expect that Toyota might launch some new teaser for the name reveal soon.
The rest of the sedan is expected to stay the same design-wise. Where there can be some changes are the different set of alloy wheels for Toyota’s version of Ciaz. There is also a possibility that the Japanese manufacturer might change the cabin theme of their Ciaz. They have done this before with the Urban Cruiser where they changed the upholstery colour to brown instead of black as we get in the Vitara Brezza. This gives a bit more up-market feel to the occupants. For reference, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with a beige and black colour theme.
The powertrain will stay the same as the Ciaz. So, there will be a single 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine on offer with Toyota’s rebadged sedan. The engine will produce 105 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The engine will also come mated to a mild-hybrid technology to boost fuel efficiency. Expect the pricing of Toyota’s version to be slightly on the higher side when compared to the Ciaz.
What happens to Toyota Yaris?
With the launch of Toyota’s rebadged version of Ciaz, the Yaris is expected to be discontinued. The Yaris is not selling well for the manufacturer. For context, Toyota sold 871 units of the Yaris in Mar’21 when compared to 1,628 units of Ciaz that Maruti Suzuki sold in Mar’21. The sales figure for other months is also not so strong with just 424 units sold last year in March and 657 units sold in Feb’21.
Other vehicles in the pipeline
We have already seen the Toyota Glanza which is a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback and there is also the Toyota Urban Cruiser which is a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza compact-SUV.
There is also a design sketch of another grille leaked in which the grille is of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga but with Toyota’s logo. So, there is a possibility that Toyota is also working on their version of the Ertiga. So, it should be unveiled by the end of this year or early next year.
Both the manufacturers are also working on a new mid-size SUV which will be replacing the now ageing Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. The new vehicle will be based on Toyota’s DNGA platform which currently also underpins Toyota Raize. The SUV will also be sold as a rebadged version by Toyota. The new SUV is expected to go on sale in late 2022 or early 2023.