Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are having a good partnership going forward with two cars which are shared among the companies. After Glanza and Urban Cruiser it the Toyota Belta this time, which is rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Japanese carmaker has decided to put an end to the Yaris sedan which was going against the Hyundai Verna, Honda City. Even though the production has been stopped some Toyota dealers will continue selling the Yaris to clear the stock.
Toyota has already trademarked the name in India and the Belta is ready to be launched in the middle of August 2021. Reports claim that the decision to discontinue Yaris was to make space in the production plant for the upcoming SUV by Toyota which will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos. The SUV will be developed together by Toyota and Maruti Suzuki and will be based on Toyota’s DNGA platform.
The low selling Yaris never really stood up to the rivals Hyundai Verna and Honda City. The car was not as spacious or did not have value for money. It lacked some features for its price resulting in low sales figures. Toyota only managed to sell 871 units of Yaris in March 2021.
About the Toyota Belta
The Belta has a minor change like the new front grille with a new chrome Toyota badge in the middle. Toyota has also designed new alloys for the Belta. The interior could a new colour scheme. Apart from this, the car is the exact replica of the Maruti Ciaz including the features.
The car features the same 1.5L K series petrol engine from Maruti which makes 105bhp and 140Nm of Torque. It will also get the mild hybrid treatment from Maruti. The transmission options are the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Toyota is going with a different strategy for the Belta with slightly different pricing and a mix of variants. The car is planned to be launched in August 2021 and it will rival the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz. You can expect a robust warranty package from Toyota which was seen with the Toyota Glanza and Urban Cruiser.
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