Toyota Glanza is a rebadged Maruti Baleno that was launched on June 6 and takes on the Hyundai Elite i20 along with its own donor model
It’s hardly been some time since the launch of the Toyota Glanza, the premium B-segment hatchback from Toyota Kirloskar Motor that is essentially a rebadged Maruti Baleno. However, it looks like the Glanza has been able to be quick enough to establish a name for itself in the market by getting a great response from the buyers. It’s due to the significantly high demand that the waiting period on the new hatchback is already soaring.
Currently, the V(AT) variant of the Toyota Glanza is available with a waiting period of up to 1 month, while the G(MT) variant, which is the cheapest trim, is available with a wait time of 3 to 4 weeks. The Glanza is the first product to come out of the partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation. As a part of this agreement, Suzuki supplies TKM with 2,100 units of the Glanza every month.
Next year, Toyota Kirloskar Motor will even receive the Maruti Ertiga MPV from its partner, which it will rebadge and retail under its own brand umbrella. In fact, even the Ciaz and the Vitara Brezza will eventually be supplied to the Japanese auto giant. In return, Suzuki will receive know-how of electric hybrid vehicle technology and even RAV4 and Corolla Wagon for sale in the European markets.
The Toyota Glanza is available at a starting price of Rs 7.21 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in two trims – G and V, which correspond to the high-end Zeta and Alpha trims of the Baleno. The latest offering from TKM locks horns with the Honda Jazz, VW Polo and Hyundai Elite i20, other than rivalling even the Maruti Baleno.
The Toyota Glanza looks much like the Maruti Baleno, with the only disparity arising out of new badges and a reworked grille. Even the interior remains the same, except for the Toyota branding on the steering wheel and the instrument console. However, unlike the Baleno, which is available in both petrol and diesel engines, the Glanza is on sale only with the gasoline burner.
Powering the Toyota Glanza is the BSVI compliant 1.2-litre K12C DualJet petrol engine that benefits from the SHVS mild hybrid technology. It offers a maximum power of 90 PS and a peak torque of 113 Nm. The motor comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a CVT as optional. The 1.2-litre K12B option offers 83 bhp and 115 Nm.
The Toyota Glanza V MT version delivers a fuel mileage of 21.01 kmpl, while the G MT 1.2-litre Dualjet SHVS model offers 23.87 kmpl. The CVT version offers 19.56 kmpl. While the Maruti Baleno is on sale with a 2 year/40,000 km standard warranty, the Toyota Glanza comes with 3 years/one lakh km warranty.
The features list o the top-end Toyota Glanza includes Automatic Climate Control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED Projector headlamps, Steering Mounted audio controls, rear defogger, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, machine-cut alloy wheels, UV cut glass and power and folding outside rearview mirrors.
While the Toyota Yaris offers range-topping safety equipment, the safety features available on the Glanza are the same as what you get on the Maruti Baleno. It offers dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Speed Alert System, Seat Belt Reminder and Rear Parking Sensors and rear parking camera.