Toyota and Suzuki launch premium hatchback Glanza in India, Car, Automobile
The premium hatchback Toyota Glanza. (Image: Toyota)

Toyota Glanza is one of the most awaited cars of 2019. This is the first product to be released under the Suzuki – Toyota partnership in India and was launched in June 2019, with prices ranging from Rs.7.22 lakhs upwards.

It’s a premium hatchback and is offered in two main variants – G and V. There are four different models under these two variations based on engine type and transmission capacity – the G MT, V MT, G CVT, and V CVT. 

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Both the G and V variations of the Glanza are based on the top two models of Baleno – the Alpha and Zeta. Though the Glanza is the first model to be launched by Toyota Kirloskar Motors, it bears a close resemblance to the current iteration of the Maruti Baleno.

The overall design, features, and appearance of the Glanza are similar to the Baleno. The major changes are the Toyota’s badging on the Glanza and the sporty wheels and tailgate. 

Toyota and Suzuki launch premium hatchback Glanza in India
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The Toyota Glanza is not available in a diesel engine. The petrol engine on this brand-new hatchback is BS6 compliant. The V trim gets a regular 1.2-litre K12M engine, while the G trim gets the same 1.2-litre K12M engine with a mild-hybrid motor. 

It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission gear shift, and the expected mileage is 21 kmpl for the V MT variant and 23.87 kmpl for the G MT variant and 19.56 kmpl for the CVT variants. This is similar to the Baleno. 

Interior Features 

The all-new Toyota Glanza has a 7.0” touchscreen infotainment system that can be connected with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is the first-time Toyota is offering a smart screen, for all its models available in India. 

Toyota and Suzuki launch premium hatchback Glanza in India
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Along with this screen, the Glanza also features LED projector headlamps, multi-information display panel, keyless entry, anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, EBS, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminder and mounts for child seats. 

Other standard features include 16-inch sport alloy wheels, height adjustment for the driver seat, LED tail lamps, 60:40 split rear seat and automatic AC. Additionally, the higher-end V trim also gets the follow-me-home automatic headlamps feature. 

The layout of the cabin and the overall design is similar to the Baleno. 


Toyota Elanza is available in five colours – white, silver, grey, blue, and red. The body shell is similar to the Baleno. What’s new is the revised exterior grille and Toyota badging. Additionally, the Glanza gets powerful LED headlamps and taillights. 

Toyota and Suzuki launch premium hatchback Glanza in India
(Image: Toyota)

What’s Good: The Pros

The Glanza comes with a standard 3-year/ 1 lakh km warranty, that is a huge benefit. It’s similar to the warranty offered by other popular Toyota models. Additionally, customers can purchase an extended warranty that covers 5-year/2.2 lakh kms. 

The Glanza is packed with several features including push-button start/stop, 7” infotainment touchscreen, 16” alloy wheels, rear parking camera, and more. When it comes to safety, the Glanza comes with the Toyota promise – ABS with EBD, dual airbags, child car seat mounts, and more. 

The various transmission and engine options are available from the base variant itself. 

What could have been better: 

The Glanza looks very similar to the Maruti Baleno from a looks perspective. It has only limited variants, thereby fewer options for buyers. Side and curtain airbags are missing. It doesn’t have a diesel engine options.

The Vroom Factor

If you are looking for a city-friendly premium hatchback, then the all-new Toyota Glanza is a great choice for you. With the standard warranty and safety features of the Toyota baton along with some impressive user-friendly features, and at an affordable price, the Glanza doesn’t disappoint.


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