Plenty of pictures of the Toyota Glanza have surfaced on the web by now. Now, a new video uploaded on YouTube gives the first look at the rebadged Maruti Baleno being driven. The video also confirms that a CVT option will be available in this model.
As seen in the video, the Toyota Glanza is nothing more than a Maruti Baleno with a different nose. The only noticeable difference between the two is with respect to the radiator grille design. The Toyota-badged model wears a radiator grille with double chrome wings to set itself apart from its donor car.
While it was anticipated that the Toyota Glanza won’t have any sheet metal changes to avoid high development and production costs, changes to soft parts like the bumpers and lights were expected. Even the alloy wheels have been kept in the same design as in the Maruti Baleno. Inside, too, there’s little to be excited about Toyota’s new model. In fact, here the differences are seen with only the branding; the design and layout have been kept untouched from the original car. Even the upholstery looks the same. It remains to be seen if the market takes this level of seriousness in such a major segment positively.
As the for specifications, the K12M 1.2L VVT N/A four-cylinder petrol engine producing 61 kW (82.94 PS) and 113 Nm of torque is standard in the Toyota Glanza. This engine delivers a fuel economy of 21.01 km/l if had with a 5-speed MT or 19.56 km/l if opted with a CVT in the Maruti Baleno. The same transmission choices will be available in the rebadged car.
In the first lot, Maruti Suzuki has dispatched 364 units of the Toyota Glanza. Toyota Kirloskar Motor will launch the new hatchback in G and V grades equivalent of the donor car’s Zeta and Alpha grades on 6 June.