The Japanese carmaker Toyota has confirmed that its Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s badge-engineered version named Glanza will be launched in the Indian markets on 6 June 2019 and the dealerships of the company will soon start accepting bookings for the upcoming car. Apart from the bookings, the car has started reaching the dealerships ahead of its launch date next month. For those who do not know, the upcoming Glanza is made at the same Gujarat facility that the Maruti manufactures its Baleno. After the launch in India, the Japanese carmaker also has the plans to ship its first badge engineered product in the Indian market to other developing markets. The Glanza will be placed as a premium hatchback in the company’s product line-up and it will be placed above the Liva hatchback that the company already sells in India.
However, the Glanza will be slightly higher priced than the Maruti Baleno in the Indian market as the Japanese carmaker is planning on only brining the two top variants of the hatch in the market. Toyota will sell the upcoming Glanza in two variants in the Indian market and these variants will be G and V. The upcoming Glanza will be a petrol only car and will be sold with the option of both automatic as well as manual gearboxes in the Indian market. At the time of launch the company will introduce the car only with the K12B 1.2L petrol engine that is rated to produce 82 Bhp and 112 Nm. The transmission duties will be handled by a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox.
Toyota will not go the mass market way with their upcoming Glanza and will try to position it as a more premium offering in the segment with the badge of Toyota also adding to the reliability of the product. New reports on the internet suggest that the company may offer a warranty of 3 years/1 lakh kms on the latest Toyota Glanza. The extended warranty program will take the period up to 5 years. Toyota also offers a 7-year Toyota Timeless warranty on their cars in India, however it is not confirmed whether Glanza will also come with the same. As far as the changes on Glanza are concerned, they are supposed to be minor and stylistic like changes on the grille and badging change. The interiors too will not be that different with similar, if not identical, set of features on offer.
Toyota will bank on the brand value in the Indian market while selling the premium hatchback in its badge engineered avatar. With no major changes on the style front the company will load the car with a lot of safety features, as had been common with other cars from the brand.