The first spy shots of Toyota Glanza have been leaked, and it literally looks like a copy of Maruti Baleno. Will it be able to provide stiff competition in this segment?
Toyota-Suzuki partnership is going well and the first product from their partnership is a hatchback based on Baleno. Named as Toyota Glanza, its first spy shots in full flesh have been leaked.
Seeing its undisguised photos, we can hardly see any differences between Maruti Baleno and Glanza. The front grille and badging on the grille, boot and alloy wheels are of Toyota. Rest of the bits are literally borrowed.
The spotted test mule is the ‘V’ variant, which is the range topping variant. It is basically the top-end ‘Alpha’ variant of Baleno. Glanza will only come in two variants – ‘V’ and the base variant ‘G’.
The bumpers, alloy wheels, tail lamps, headlamps and even the metal sheet will be the same between both the hatchbacks. Although, we expect some minor changes to the interiors, like a different dashboard colour.
Reportedly, Toyota Glanza will be available only with a 1.2 Litre BS-6 petrol engine. The engine figures might be near 85-90 BHP and 110-115 Nm of torque. The lower-spec variant will come with a 5-speed MT and the G variant gets CVT gearbox.
Baleno offers 21.01 kmpl mileage on the manual variant and 19.56 kmpl on the CVT variant. The power figures will be almost similar, suspecting that Toyota might slightly retune the engine mapping.
Now, the main question comes – Will it be able to compete properly with Baleno or even other hatchbacks in this segment? We hardly think so.
The main reason for this is because of the popularity and demand of Baleno. It is the best-selling hatchback in this segment, clocking nearly 20,000 units every month. Its nearest competitor is Hyundai i20, which makes around 10000-12000 units monthly.
To make the Toyota Glanza popular, it needs to make it fully loaded with features to stand out of the crowd. Probably, it could carry the best safety features onboard, just like Yaris.