Images of Toyota’s version of the Suzuki Ciaz Maruti grill were recently leaked online. Now, a patent document has been leaked online with Toyota that has filed a trademark for the “Belta” name. The Japanese manufacturer is already using the name Belta in the international market so it makes sense that they are bringing the same name to the Indian market as well. Toyota should tease the refueling sedan in the coming months.
There will not be many cosmetic changes in Toyota’s version of Ciaz. As we know the Toyota logo will have a slightly different grill. Other things we can expect are slightly redesigned front and rear bumpers. There could also be a new set of alloy wheels. All of this is done to differentiate the Toyota Belta from the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The interior will remain the same as the Ciaz. However, it may happen that Toyota uses a darker color like brown with black. The Urban Cruiser from Toyota that is a retouched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza already uses this color theme for the cabin. The different color scheme will give the cabin a more supermarket feel compared to the Ciaz. For your information, Maruti Suzuki offers a black and beige color theme for the Ciaz cabin.
Toyota will also offer the same engine and transmission options with the Belta as the Ciaz. Thus, there would be a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter petrol engine that would produce a maximum power output of 105 PS of maximum power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm. The engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Ciaz comes with light-hybrid technology. So, expect that Toyota’s version of Ciaz will also be offered with lightweight hybrid technology. The lightweight hybrid technology will help boost fuel efficiency and idle start / stop system.
Price and Launch
Toyota has no confirmation that the refreshed Ciaz is the Belta. However, there is a high possibility of a refilled version of the Ciaz as the grill is spied. It may happen that the sedan is not called Belta because the Government of India has already expressed opposition regarding the name. According to the government, “the mark is identical to or similar to earlier marks in terms of an identical or similar description of goods or services and because of such identity or similarity there is a likelihood of confusion on for the public. ” We expect that Toyota should start teasing the new sedan once its name is complete.
Now, talking about the price of the upcoming sedan. It should be priced higher than the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz because that’s what we’ve seen with the Toyota Glanza and Toyota Urban Cruiser. For your information, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz starts at Rs. 8.52 lakhs before showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 11.50 lakhs before showroom.
What about Toyota Yaris?
Toyota launched the Yaris in 2018 in the Indian market. Since its launch, it has not been selling in good numbers. There is a high chance that the Belta is here to replace the Yaris.