The Maruti Baleno-based Toyota Glanza is due to go on sale in India on June 6, 2019. Recently, Toyota started dispatching the Glanza from the SMC Gujarat Factory to its dealerships
In 2018, two big auto giants based out of Japan, Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp first announced their strategic partnership in vehicle and technology co-development. The first car from Toyota-Suzuki joint venture is the Toyota Glanza, a rebadged Maruti Baleno which will hit the Indian market next month. Expectedly, the Toyota Glanza might be launched on June 6 of the calendar year. The production has been started at Suzuki's Gujarat production plant. In fact, the first batch has already been dispatched to TKM dealers.
Toyota is all set to introduce its all-new Baleno-based premium hatchback dubbed the Glanza in India this June 6.
To re-emphasize, the Glanza is the first comer in the family of re-badged Maruti Suzuki cars that will be sold by Toyota. In fact, you may not know that the Glanza is not a new name. To the uninitiated, the Glanza was the sporty version of Toyota Starlet series that sold in the Japanese market back in 1995. Last week, Toyota rolled out the first official teaser video of the Glanza that shows rear-half of the car. The production of the Glanza has been kicked off at Suzuki’s Gujarat plant and the dealer delivery has begun already. In the future, Toyota will take over the Glanza production at its own Bidadi facility near Bangalore.
Toyota Glanza: The rebadged Maruti Baleno | First official teaser
Reports suggested that the Toyota Glanza is likely to come in only two variants, namely G and V, which can be equivalent to the Zeta and Alpha trims of the Maruti Baleno. Visually, the Toyota’s badge re-engineered version of Baleno looks almost identical to the donor hatchback except for a subtle cosmetic change in the form of a redesigned two-slatted chrome upper grille holding a Toyota badge. This detail was revealed by a spy shot of the top-of-the-line Glanza V variant.
Not much will be changed inside the Glanza’s cabin either. It is expected to feature a couple of revisions but like the exterior, they will most likely be marginal. In an endeavour to set it apart from the base Baleno as well as make it more appealing to the enthusiasts, Toyota might introduce a more attractive 3-year/ 1,00,000 km warranty as standard for the new Glanza along with a range of optional extended warranty plans comprising the five-year True Warranty or the seven-year Toyota Timeless Warranty packages. The upcoming Glanza is supposed to draw its juice from a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine.