Toyota recently launched a brand new car titled the ‘Glanza‘, with the tagline ‘Go Ahead!’ and the catchphrase ‘Let’s Go Hatchin’’. A bit similar in appearance to its closest rival, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback, (as also a product of an alliance between the two auto giants Maruti Suzuki and Toyota) the Glanza is Toyota’s attempt to cement its place in the Indian hatchback market on the back of the reception and appreciation that the Toyota Etios Liva has received from Indian consumers, especially in the family segment.

The looks

In terms of size, the Glanza is a sub-compact hatchback with dimensions matching the Baleno hatchback (including the amply spaced boot of 339 liters which has an electromagnetic opening). However, in terms of style, the Glanza has been fitted with a front grille and a bumper typical of the design that Toyota offers in its flagship vehicles. On the whole, the car has been built on a new generation Heartect platform (initially developed by Maruti Suzuki) that is more rigid, more crash resilient, absorbing and dispersing the energy of the impact effectively so as to protect the passengers from harm. It also comes equipped with dual front SRS airbags and front seatbelts, complete with pre-tensioners and force limiters in the unfortunate event that you do actually meet with an accident.

What lies under the hood

When it comes to engine power, the Glanza has been equipped with a powerful yet fuel-efficient 4-cylinder 1197cc K-series petrol engine (based on the 1.2litre dual-jet mild hybrid engine recently introduced by Maruti Suzuki), mated to a 5-gear manual or continuously variable transmission that shells out over 60 kW of power and a maximum torque of 113 Nm. While the diesel version of the Glanza hasn’t been released yet, there’s a good chance that Toyota might just come out with a diesel variant equipped with a 1.3litre engine.

The technology upgrade

The Glanza is a stylish, spacious and decently powerful hatchback, but it is with the cabin that Toyota seems to have really worked its magic. The car gets a new Smart Playcast touchscreen audio, complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and smartphone based navigation. There’s also a cool interactive TFT display that gives out information regarding the door having stayed open, the fuel economy, power, torque and even the temperature outside. The smart air-conditioning in the Glanza automatically adjusts the cabin temperature according to your preferences as well.

The lighting

The internal rear view mirror is electro-chromic, which means that it adjusts the reflectivity according to ambient lighting conditions, thereby making it safer for you to drive. Speaking of reflectivity, the car windows have a special glass that protects you from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The driver-side window in the Glanza also has an anti-pinch technology that prevents it from winding up completely in the event that you’ve got your hand or any other object placed on the window.

The comfort

The seating in the Glanza is comfortably plush, with ample room and leg space, both at the front and in the rear. There’s even a provision to split the seats in the rear in a 60 to 40 ratio, just in case you’re looking to increase on the space for storage. The seating for the driver is adjustable and so is the steering, being able to shift telescopically as well as tilting up or down in an arc. Priced at around ₹.7,22,000 for the manual and ₹.8,30,000 for the automatic (ex-showroom-Delhi), we think the Glanza is well-poised to make its mark in the hatchback segment, especially on account of the special care taken to make it as comfortable and convenient to drive as any car in its segment.

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