As is widely known, the Toyota Glanza will essentially be a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Save for small cosmetic changes, the two cars will virtually be the same. The part sharing will trickle down to the infotainment systems as well. Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay Studio will find use in the Toyota, albeit branded as ‘Smart Playcast’. Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay Studio first debuted in the Wagon R and was later rolled out on the updated Baleno.
The Glanza’s Smart Playcast system will come with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it the first Toyota product in India to get these features. Security concerns have kept Toyota from embracing the systems on a global level thus far, though newer models will start getting them. The Playcast system will not come with onboard navigation, though the feature can be used via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Playcast system will also feature voice commands, USB, Bluetooth and AUX. Both variants of the Glanza are likely to come with a four-speaker and two-tweeter setup.
Interestingly, Toyota will offer a 12-month free trial of the Toyota connect app with the Glanza. In contrast, Maruti Suzuki charges Rs 10,000 for a three-year subscription of the Suzuki S-Connect app that is available on the Baleno. However, from the information available, Suzuki’s S-Connect telematics app is more comprehensive than what Toyota offers.
Slight differences in infotainment system aside, the Glanza and Baleno will also differ in their warranties. As reported by us earlier, the Glanza will come with a 3-year/ 1,00,000km warranty as standard on all variants, just like other Toyota offerings in India. In contrast, the Baleno comes with a 2 year/40,000km warranty.
Toyota will sell the Glanza in two variants and two engine gearbox options. The Toyota Glanza G Smart Hybrid will come with the new Suzuki K12N 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine with Smart Hybrid tech that made its debut in the Baleno recently. This version would be unique in the Toyota universe, being the only hybrid with a manual gearbox. The Toyota Glanza will also be offered with a 1.2-litre K12M engine that churns out 83hp and 113Nm of torque. This engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a CVT gearbox as well.
Key rivals to the Glanza include its badge-engineered twin, the Baleno, Honda Jazz and the popular Hyundai i20 hatchback. The Toyota Glanza launches on June 6, 2019.
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