Toyota has introduced its rebadged version of the hatchback, the new Glanza, just a few weeks after the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno. While the previous Glanza could only be distinguished from the old Baleno by its front grille and logo, Toyota has made significant changes this time around to distinguish it from its Maruti counterpart. Glanza costs between Rs 4,000 and Rs 20,000 more, depending on the variant. Both are powered by a 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine with manual or AMT transmissions. Glanza comes with a more comprehensive warranty package. Lets have a Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Toyota Glanza.
Variant line-up and price
Unlike the previous Glanza, which was only available in higher G and V trims, the new Glanza is available in four trim levels: E, S, G, and V, corresponding to the Baleno’s Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha trims. The Glanza now has a much lower starting price (Rs 7.70 lakh for the G MT variant).
The new Toyota Glanza is priced between Rs 6.39 lakh and Rs 9.69 lakh, while the Baleno is priced between Rs 6.35 lakh and Rs 9.49 lakh. The Toyota costs Rs 4,000 to 20,000 more than the Maruti, depending on the variant. It’s also worth noting that Glanza’s prices are introductory and will be raised in due course.
Exterior and interior – Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Toyota Glanza
Via: Autocar India
The new Glanza, like its predecessor, has a lot in common with the Baleno on the outside. While the overall proportions and silhouette of the two models are nearly identical, Toyota has made significant changes to differentiate the two models. The Glanza has been updated with a new, Camry-inspired front grille, a sportier front bumper, and headlights with different LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Baleno’s DRLs have three individual LED elements, whereas Glanza’s DRLs are simpler, L-shaped units.
The Glanza also gets a new design for the 16-inch alloy wheels on the sides. However, both models are nearly identical at the back, with the only difference being the badging. Both hatchbacks are available in Blue, Grey, White, Silver, and Red paint schemes, with the Baleno also getting a Beige option.
The Glanza and the new Baleno share the same design and layout, with a layered dashboard, a free-standing touchscreen in the centre, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The main difference on the inside is Glanza’s black and beige colour scheme instead of the new Baleno’s black and navy blue combination. The outgoing Glanza’s cabin was virtually identical to the Baleno’s, save for the Toyota badge on the steering wheel.
Features and equipment – Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Toyota Glanza
In terms of features, the new Glanza and Baleno are identical. Both hatchbacks have a head-up display (HUD), a 360-degree parking camera, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, connected car tech, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, push-button start-stop, auto headlamps and wipers, steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment, six airbags, ESP, hill-hold control, and ISOFIX child seats.
Powertrain and fuel efficiency
The engines and transmissions of the new Glanza and Baleno are shared. Both hatchbacks are powered by a 90hp, 113 Nm, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder DualJet K12N petrol engine with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT automatic transmission. In addition, the Glanza is the first Toyota in India to be equipped with an AMT transmission.
The claimed fuel economy figures for both hatchbacks are identical – 22.35kpl for the manual and 22.94kpl for the AMT auto.
The warranty coverage is one area where Glanza distinguishes itself from the Baleno. The Toyota comes standard with a three-year/1,000,000-kilometre warranty, extending to five years/220,000 kilometres. The new Baleno comes with a two-year/40,000-kilometre standard warranty which can be extended to five years/1,000,000 kilometres.
This should sway several buyers toward the Glanza rather than the Baleno, especially since the price difference between the two is currently marginal.
Conclusion – Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Toyota Glanza
The Toyota Glanza and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno remain competitive in the premium hatchback segment. As a result, their competitors include the Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and VW Polo. For more automobile-related content, stay tuned to Auto Tech Portal.