Toyota India has launched their take on the rebadged
Baleno called the Glanza in India today. And obviously that is not a surprise. Both the Baleno and the Glanza are basically made at the same factory with just differing with the manufacturer badging. What is intriguing is it starts at a price of Rs 6.39 lakhs. Available across 4 variants, the Glanza is priced an awful lot closer to the Baleno than Maruti might’ve wanted, with the Glanza even undercutting the Baleno in a few aspects price-wise!
So technically, it’s not just the Toyota badge slapped onto the Baleno this time, for there are a few more changes around. The headlights have a chrome housing, the grille is different, there is a more aggressive bumper design, new alloys and also LED DRLs whose design is different from the Baleno’s.
The interior has a black and beige finish, though the rest of the tech and gizmos are shared with the Baleno. This includes the 9″ touchscreen and also the new HUD and more, the likes of which were advertised some time ago. The similarities end when we move to the front of the car and open the hood, for the engine here is the exact same as the Baleno’s- a 1.2L petrol producing 89HP/113NM of power, and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT.
As for pricing, here is where it gets a bit tricky. The older Glanza just had the top G and V variants, though this iteration brings with it a new base E variant and also a mid-range S variant, which bring the total number of variants up to 4. All have safety features like 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, hill hold control and more. Below are the prices for all the variants:
Glanza E MT: Rs 6.39 lakhs
Glanza S MT: Rs 7.29 lakhs
Glanza G MT: Rs 8.24 lakhs
Glanza V MT: Rs 9.19 lakhs
Glanza S AMT: Rs 7.79 lakhs
Glanza G AMT: Rs 8.64 lakhs
Glanza V AMT: Rs 9.69 lakhs
With this, Toyota’s foray into the Indian premium hatchback segment takes another stride in the right direction. The partnership between Toyota and Maruti seems to be a fruitful one, and there’s a possibility for such launches to repeat themselves in the future, with the Belta and Rumion having a possibility to release as a rebadged Ciaz and Ertiga respectively.