The Japanese and the Indo-Japanese, Toyota and Maruti Suzuki had signed up an agreement in India, back in 2017, where both car companies decided to exchange their platform for mutual benefit. It was agreed upon that Maruti Suzuki will provide Toyota the platform of their best selling hatchback Baleno and their compact SUV Vitara Breeza, two segments where Toyota was literally disabled in the country. Toyota in return had agreed to give platform of Corolla Altis to Maruti Suzuki.
As we all know from our earlier news reports, the first car to roll out from this combination will be Toyota’s rebadged Baleno. This Baleno to be released from Toyota’s garage will be more or less similar to Maruti Suzuki Baleno, except for some minor tweaks in its design that adds a dash of luxe to this hatchback.
This car is expected to launch in the mid of this year, but we feel it might take some more time. The launch could be somewhere in the start of 2020. No feature list or engine options have been officially revealed yet, but as Baleno has been set in the premium car space, we can expect Toyota to come up with an added feature list compared to the present model, maybe also a bigger engine.
This combination can reduce a lot of price cut in both the car makers’ budget, as it will now be cheaper to produce a car which has already been tried and tested in the market.