Toyota is all set to launch its version of the Maruti Vitara Brezza in the Indian market around the 3rd quarter of this year to take on the likes of Tata Nexon and Hyundai Venue.
Toyota will be soon pulling out a total of 7 products from its lineup as they fail to comply with the BS6 emission standards. To make it lineup an interesting affair, Toyota would be also launching a set on new models in the Indian market. The first one is going to be a sub-4sm compact SUV, based on the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Toyota and Maruti have signed a JV alliance to sell badge-engineered cars in India. Under this partnership, Toyota is already selling the Baleno as the Glanza with a Toyota badge and no other change whatsoever. That said, the exercise to sell the Maruti Vitara Brezza is going to be a little different in comparison to the Glanza. The re-badged Vitara Brezza is going to be a different car to look at.
Toyota would work hard on making its Vitara Brezza based sub-4m SUV look a lot different. If rumours are to go by, the Toyota badged version of the Vitara Brezza will adopt a face similar the one seen on the Daihatsu Rocky. The car will also have a similarly styled C-pillar as well. It will come up as one of the sharpest looking sub-4m compact SUVs to go on sale in India. Although, the car will continue with Maruti’s K-15B 1.5L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor, which can output a peak power of 105 PS and a maximum torque output of 138 Nm. It will get the same 5-speed manual gearbox and 4-speed torque-converter to transmit the power to the wheels.
The Toyota Vitara Brezza will be a feature-loaded car and will do with the same equipment level as the original Maruti Vitara Brezza. However, this isn’t going to be the only car from Toyota-Maruti JV to make its way to the Indian market. After launching it successfully in the Indian market, Toyota is planning to launch a new version of the Ertiga or the XL6. The MPV will sit below the much larger Innova Crysta. In a similar fashion, Maruti is also planning to launch its version of the Toyota Corolla with the K-series petrol motor and the 1.6L diesel that was last seen on the pre-facelift S-Cross.
Once launched, the Toyota badged Vitara Brezza will be seen taking up the fight with the likes of Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, and more. It is expected to be priced a little higher than what the 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol would cost but is expected to have a longer warranty period like the one on the Glanza.