The auto industry in the entire world is facing problems with its sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, Toyota and Maruti Suzuki’s partnership have started the year with good results. The first car to come under the partnership was the Toyota Glanza which arrived last year in June. The Japanese carmaker Toyota reported a sale of about 24,380 units since last year.
It is interesting to note that Maruti Suzuki claims to have dispatched 25,002 units of Toyota Glanza to the company. You may ask why the difference? well, this is because of Toyota withheld the stocks of the car to relive the dealers of the troublesome stocks of the vehicles. It is Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plant in Gujarat which produces the Glanza for Toyota. The manufacturing takes place just next to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s production line on which it is based.
Due to the updated BS6 emission norms in India Toyoda pulled the plug on their hatch Etios Liva and the sedan Etios. After which ‘Glanza’ became the entry-level car for the company before its latest sedan ‘Yaris’.
- The similarities with Maruti Suzuki doesn’t end so soon. Toyota also shares the powertrain form the sibling.
- This time around the car gets only one engine option. A 1.2-Litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which is available in two different states of tune. A K12B which produces 83hp of power and about 113Nm of torque. On the other hand, there is a K12C Dualjet Dual VVT engine that is capable of producing 90hp of power and the same torque of 113Nm. There is also an option of the mild-hybrid engine but only with the K12C engine.
- On the transmission front, there is a 5-speed manual transmission and only the K12C engine gets an option for a CVT-automatic transmission.
- The company claims the milage to be 21.01kmpl for the detuned version and 19.56kmpl for the engine producing 90hp. Breaking the milage number is the mild hybrid version with an impressive 23.87kmpl.
The only difference between the two cars from Japan is in pricing and warranty. The Toyota is a tad bit cheaper than Maruti Suzuki. On the contrary, the Warranty numbers are much larger than expected. Toyota gives a warranty of 3-years/1,00,000kms while the Maruti ends up offering only 2-years/40,000kms.
Apart from its counterpart the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Toyota Glanza is pitched against the likes of Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz and upcoming Hyundai i20.
It has been a really tough time for Indian vehicle manufacturers including Toyota. First, the BS6 and now the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus resulted in the decline. To be precise, the Japanese carmaker posted a decline of about 45.2% in their sales.