21 Apr 2021 Jatin Jhamb
It started with Glanza then the focus shifted towards Urban Cruiser and now we will have a new product, Belta. Toyota Belta is an upcoming sedan based on Maruti Ciaz that will rival Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Maruti Ciaz.
Toyota Belta will be the Japanese carmaker third car in the making where they take donor vehicles from Maruti and rebadge it in their own way. The sales improve by a margin and this way they are entering the mass market and increasing their shares.
Sharing light on the styling part then we believe apart from the rebadging, nothing will be changed. There are reports that the alloy wheels will have a different design but it's still the rumours. The grille will surely be changed with the Toyota logo at the front.
Variant-wise, the Belta will come in two variants which will surely be bringing loads up features on the table. Features like push-button start/stop, cruise control, keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse parking camera, rear AC vents and others.
Safety features on the Belta include dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, ISOFIX mount child seats, rear parking sensors, electronic stability program, hill hold control, traction control and more.
Like the Ciaz, the Belta too will get the identical 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol unit. This engine churns out 103 bhp with 138 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual and an optional 4-sped torque converter gearbox. As per the ARAI, the certified mileage for the manual sticks to 20.65 kmpl and the automatic it is, 20.04 kmpl.
For the prices, the variants of the Belta will be based on the Zeta and Alpha trims. So we can expect an upwards of Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Additionally, you will also get 3 years warranty if you chose the Belta over Ciaz. Maruti only offers 2 years or 40,000 km warranty.
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