Toyota Belta is a rebadged version of the Maruti Ciaz sedan – exports have begun
At the beginning of the festive season in India, many automakers are planning to launch new cars. Mahindra will launch the XUV700 while MG Motor will bring the new Aster. VW Taigun launched recently, Tata Punch and Toyota Belta are ready for launch in the coming weeks.
Toyota Belta Exports
The Maruti Suzuki and Toyota re-badging exercise so far has seen the Glanza (re-badged Baleno) and Urban Cruiser (Re-badged Vitara Brezza). This will now include the new Belta which has been re-badged to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Production has started at the company’s Manesar plant, where Belta was spied.
Now more pictures of Toyota Belta have surfaced. This time from outside the plant. Toyota Belta spy images are credited to Leoshashi/TeamBHP. These were clicked on a dock where Belta is getting ready for export. These are the left hand drive versions of the Toyota Belta and can be seen in Blue, White and Red color schemes.
The Toyota Belta is likely to be first launched in the export markets of select African countries. Toyota already sells the Glanza and Urban Cruiser in these export markets. Maruti manufactures them, rebadged with the Toyota logo, which are then exported to export markets as Toyota cars.
Toyota Belta – Features
The new Toyota Belta will be similar to the Ciaz. It will be based on the same lightweight Heartect platform and will have similar underpinnings. There is hardly any change. This includes new front grille, new badging from Toyota and Belta, new alloys.
The Toyota Belta gets LED headlamps, wrap-around tail lamps and LED DRLs. Like the Ciaz, it will also get a sloping roofline, sculpted bonnet. The Belta will ride on a 2,650mm wheelbase and get a ground clearance of 170mm.
The 5-seater Belta will get power steering wheel, cruise control, 4.2-inch color mid unit and 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Safety will be through twin airbags, high speed alert system, engine immobilizer and a rear view camera with ABS and EBD, as a part of the safety equipment seen on the Ciaz.
The engine specifications do not see any change and the new Belta will be powered by the same 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder, mild hybrid petrol engine that currently powers the Ciaz. This engine makes 103 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed manual setup or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Though the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is currently being offered in variants of the Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha, the re-badged Toyota model could eliminate the base Sigma variant in India. Hence the price may start from Rs 9.30 lakhs as compared to Ciaz, which is priced at Rs 8.20-11.50 lakhs. The Belta will replace the Yaris in the company lineup and will take on Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in terms of competition in the mid-size sedan segment.