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Toyota's vehicle line-up in India is about to undergo a major change. The Yaris sedan will soon be discontinued in the country. It will soon be replaced by the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz-based sedan called the Toyota Belta.
According to a recent report from Autocar India, Toyota said to have stopped production of the Yaris sedan in the country. Toyota currently sells the Yaris sedan which is placed in the same segment as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Toyota could phase out the Yaris sedan from the country due to its low monthly sales. However, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, on the other hand, has faired well in the segment registering decent numbers for the brand.
As a result, the Japanese automaker will be introducing a new sedan in India, which will be another rebadged model from Maruti Suzuki. Called the Toyota Belta, it will be based on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and is the third rebadged engineered product from the brand.
Toyota Belta is a sedan model that is already present in the brand's global line-up. Instead of getting the sedan, the company decided to just take the name and add it to the Indian vehicle line-up. It is similar to the process behind the introduction of the Urban Cruiser SUV in the Indian market.
The Toyota Yaris is available with a single 1.5-litre petrol engine option, that produces 106bhp and 140Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed super CVT automatic transmission.
However, the new Toyota Belta will borrow all the specs, features and powertrain options from the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Toyota version of the Ciaz will be powered by the same 1.5-litre K-Series engine with the brand's (SVHS) Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki mild-hybrid technology.
It produces 104bhp and 138Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
Some of the exterior features include projector headlamps, LED taillamps, alloy wheels, a chrome-finished window line and more. All of these will be retained on Toyota's version of the sedan as well.
The Belta will also borrow its interior features from the Ciaz. This includes the touchscreen infotainment system that supports wireless smartphone connectivity such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a semi-digital instrument cluster, a multifunction steering wheel with mounted controls, cruise control, climate control, multiple airbags, and more.
Thoughts About The Toyota Yaris Getting Replaced By Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Based Belta In India
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki seem bullish on rebadging engineered products success in the Indian market. The earlier models, the Glanza and the Urban Cruiser have brought in decent sales for Toyota since their introduction in the market. The company looks to carry the same momentum with the upcoming Toyota Belta.