What is it?
A zerox copy of the Maruti Baleno, that’s what. Rebadging of cars is a pretty common trend these days, and that too, globally. What you see in front of you is Toyota’s version of the Maruti Baleno, and the similarities are so much, you can barely tell the two apart. Both cars are manufactured on the same assembly line, even. So what exactly is it about the Glanza that should have you drive over to the Toyota dealership instead of walking down to Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa dealership that is, quite possibly, around the corner? We dig in a little deeper to tell you why it may just make more sense buying the Toyota.
We’re not going to beat around the bush; the Glanza looks exactly like the Baleno, and that includes its dual-tone alloy wheels. At the front, it gets the swept-back headlights, the heavily reworked, aggressive-looking bumper, the flowing lines and the hunched rear – all match up to the Baleno; the only difference being the grille up-front which gets two chrome-layered slats and the Toyota badge.
The only difference on the inside – and we mean it – is the Toyota badge on the steering wheel. Everything else remains identically the same as the Baleno. Right from the dashboard design to the quality of plastics. However, you will find Toyota’s Smart Play infotainment system (or Smart Playcast) on the centre console. It comes with Apple and Android connectivity. Up-front, the seats are well cushioned and are huge. There is sufficient headroom and legroom at the rear. When the doors shut, there’s that typical light, flimsy build that can be sensed. Features include dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist, seatbelt reminder for the height-adjustable seatbelts, speed warning, front fog light, rear parking sensors, Isofix child seat mounts at the rear, rear defogger, wiper, mild-hybrid system, LED projector headlamps, power adjustable and folding wing mirrors, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (Smart Playcast) with Aux, USB, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The engine is quite responsive, and it only gets better once the e-boost kicks in through the mild hybrid system. There’s some additional drag that can be sensed when lift your foot of the gas pedal while the generator retrieves power and channels it back to the battery. You will also get to know when the battery is getting charged or discharged. The 1.2-litre Dualjet engine produces 89bhp and 113Nm of torque. However, the engine isn’t as peppy as the K12 unit. Performance is more than adequate for the city, and refinement levels are good too. Another lacking is the sporty sound from the K12 unit; what you get from the Dualjet motor instead, is a rough sound. The car absorbs bumps effortlessly, and the steering feel has improved on the Glanza, compared to the Baleno.
Why would you buy a Glanza over a Baleno? Well, because the Toyota Glanza G is a massive ₹ 65,000 cheaper than the Baleno Hybrid, and mind you, the features and specification list remain absolutely the same. What makes it even more attractive than the Baleno is Toyota’s warranty of 3 years or 1,00,000kms, compared to the Baleno’s 2 years or 40,000kms warranty. What you’re looking at clearly, is a car that offers you more value for your money. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.