The Toyota Glanza's launch marks Toyota Kirloskar Motors' (TKM) entry into the premium hatchback segment. But doesn't it look like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno from the same segment, some may ask? For these uninitiated, the Glanza is, indeed a re-badged version of the Baleno's latest iteration. Here's a picture gallery that gives an up and close look at the hatchback with more details.
It's no secret that these aren't different cars and the Glanza is the first product to come out of the Suzuki-Toyota cross-badging agreement.
Under this agreement, both these Japanese automobile majors will manufacture cars for each other in India. So apart from the badging; the design, features and mechanicals will be exactly the same.
A spec-to-spec comparison shows that both these trims are based on the top two variants of the Baleno - Zeta and Alpha. The only change is the Toyota logo on the wheels, grille and the tailgate.
TKM's first premium hatchback will primarily be offered in two variants - G and V. There will be four grades depending on the engine and transmission (G MT, V MT, G CVT, and V CVT).
Powering the G trim is the 89bhp 1.2-litre K12N engine with a mild-hybrid motor. On the other hand, the Glanza's V trim gets the regular 82bhp 1.2-litre K12M engine without the mild-hybrid system.
There's no oil-burner and only petrol engine options are available, which are BS-VI compliant. Gear-box options, power outputs and fuel efficiency are the same as the corresponding Baleno trims.
Also a first for any Toyota model in India is the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system called the 'Toyota Smart Playcast'. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
All other equipment like LED projector headlamps, keyless entry etc. and even the suite of safety features are carried over from the Baleno. Prices range from Rs 7.22-8.90 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Pictures by Venkat Desirazu