In addition to rebadging the Maruti Baleno, Toyota is also going to soon launch a rebadged iteration of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza as well.
If the reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki, by the end of this month, is going to introduce a minor update for its immensely popular and one of the largest selling products, the Baleno, by the end of this month. The midlife facelift will see this ‘premium’ hatchback feature some minor cosmetic updates along with a few additions to its features as well as safety list. All of these revisions will make the updated Baleno slightly different and better equipped in comparison to the model that it will replace.
That said, this is not the only new iteration of the Maruti Baleno which is going to make its debut in India this year. As you must be aware, Suzuki and Toyota are under an agreement to supply each other with hybrid as well as other vehicle to each other in the Indian market. The exchanged vehicle will then be altered by the respective brands according to their own design language, while remaining mechanically the same to be sold at their own dealerships bearing a different identity altogether.
The first vehicle to launch under this partnership is the Toyota’s iteration of the Maruti Baleno hatchback. In addition to the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki is also going to supply Toyota with its subcompact SUV Vitara Brezza to be rebadged and sold through the later’s dealerships. On the other hand, Toyota, in exchange is going to supple Maruti Suzuki with its Corolla Altis sedan.
The Toyota’s iteration of the Maruti Baleno is currently being worked upon with the automaker trying to incorporate its own unique features in the hatchback.
Apart from incorporating a different design language, Toyota’s version of the Maruti Baleno will retain the rest of its mechanical components. Though not confirmed, it is likely that the Toyota hatchback will come with the same engine specifications as that of the Maruti Baleno. This means, that it petrol derivative is going to come with a 1.2-lite K-Series, 4-cylinder engine. While the diesel derivative is going to come with a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder DDiS oil-burner. Prices are expected to fall in a similar price tag as well.