Toyota Kirloskar Motors India Pvt. Ltd. will launch the Glanza, marked as a premium hatchback in the Toyota line-up in India in early June. The Toyota Glanza is a badge-engineered version of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno but changes are minimal. Apart from a new front grille with extra chrome and new badges at the front and rear, the Toyota Glanza is stylistically very similar to the Baleno. It also shares the same interiors but for the Toyota badging on the steering wheel. Here are the clearest pictures of the Toyota Glanza from one of Toyota’s dealerships. Yes, Toyota has begun dispatching display cars to dealerships across the country.
The Toyota Glanza is Toyota’s first badge engineered product for the Indian market. It will sit in the premium hatchback alongside the Baleno but will be pricier, noted that the badge is TOYOTA. The higher price is meant to carve out a distinct position for the car, and not directly cannibalize sales of the Maruti Baleno. The Toyota Glanza could also be exported to other emerging markets. The car will feature fewer engine and gearbox options than the Maruti Baleno.
The Toyota Glanza apart from the Maruti Baleno will be only available in petrol-only trim. What remains to be seen is whether Toyota offers the car with the 1.2-liter mild hybrid DualJet petrol engine or if it sticks to 1.2 liters K-Series petrol. What’s certain though is the fact that 5-speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes will be offered in the car.
The Toyota Glanza sold in India will be offered in two trims: J and V. Both trims will get safety features such as twin airbags, ABS, seat belt reminders, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, speed alerts and reverse parking sensors as standard. The higher V trim will also get a reverse parking camera. A touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will also be on offer. Automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control, a push button start and keyless entry will be key features on offer. The Glanza will be produced at Maruti Suzuki’s Gujarat factory, and will be shipped to Toyota, which will dispatch these cars to its dealerships across the country.
Toyota has plans to sell about 2000 units of the Glanza in India each month. Maruti and Toyota have yet to reach an agreement about which one of them will take credit for monthly dispatches. Apart from the Glanza, the Vitara Brezza compact SUV, the Ertiga MPV, and the Ciaz C-Segment sedan will be badge-engineered by Toyota. The two companies are in a partnership that will go beyond badge engineering. Toyota is expected to supply hybrid car technology to Maruti Suzuki, which will be used on next-generation cars built by the latter. Also, both car makers are likely to work together for parts sourcing and platform sharing in future.