Toyota Belta is a rebadged version of the Maruti Ciaz sedan – Exports of the same have started
At the start of the holiday season in India, several car manufacturers are planning to launch new cars. Mahindra will launch the XUV700 while MG Motor will bring the new Astor. VW Taigun was launched recently, Tata Punch and Toyota Belta are set to launch in the coming weeks.
Toyota Belta exports
The Maruti Suzuki and Toyota rebadging exercise has, to date, seen the Glanza (rebadged Baleno) and the Urban Cruiser (renamed Vitara Brezza). It will now include the new Belta which is a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Production began at the company’s Manesar plant where the Belta was spied on without concealment.
Now, more undisguised photos of the Toyota Belta have surfaced. This time from outside the factory. Toyota Belta spy images are the credit of Leoshashi / Teambhp. These were clicked on a dock, where the Belta is preparing for export. These are left-hand drive versions of Toyota Belta and can be seen in blue, white, and red color schemes.
Toyota Belta will likely be launched first in the export markets of some African countries. Toyota already sells Glanza and Urban Cruiser in these export markets. Maruti manufactures them, rebadged with the Toyota logo, which are then exported as Toyota cars to export markets.
Toyota Belta – Specifications
The new Toyota Belta will be identical to the Ciaz. It will be based on the same Heartect lightweight platform and have a similar foundation. There are hardly any changes. This includes new grille, new Toyota and Belta badge, new alloys.
Toyota Belta gets LED headlights, wrap-around taillights and LED daytime running lights. Just like Ciaz, it will also sport a sloping roofline, sculpted hood. Belta will ride on a 2650mm wheelbase and get 170mm ground clearance.
The Belta 5-seater will feature an assisted steering wheel, cruise control, 4.2-inch color MID unit and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Safety will be provided by twin airbags, a high speed warning system, engine immobilizer and rear view camera as well as ABS and EBD, which are also part of the safety equipment seen on the Ciaz.
Engine specs don’t change, and the new Belta will be powered by the same 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder mild hybrid gasoline engine that currently powers the Ciaz. This engine develops a power of 103 hp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 138 Nm at 4,500 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed manual configuration or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Although Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is currently offered in variants of Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha, the rebadged Toyota model could remove the base Sigma variant in India. Therefore, prices could start from Rs 9.30 lakh compared to Ciaz, which is priced at Rs 8.20 to 11.50 lakh. The Belta will replace the Yaris in the company’s lineup and compete with Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in terms of competition in the midsize sedan segment.