Unlike the case where the Toyota Urban Cruiser gained a slightly different front face when compared to its Suzuki Vitara Brezza twin, the Belta and Suzuki Ciaz are identical in every way. From the images we can see, it’s only the badges that have been switched. Inside, the cabin is also identical, but that’s not a bad thing as the Ciaz interior is actually a spacious and well-thought-out place to be. Standard features for our market for the Ciaz at least are generous, with a large infotainment screen, climate control and steering wheel controls on offer.
Under the bonnet, the Belta features the same 1.5l naturally-aspirated four-cylinder motor that produces a 77kW and 138Nm. Like the Ciaz, the Toyota Belta will also feature a manual transmission and automatic gearbox options.
So, as it stands there are three products on sale in South Africa resulting from this partnership. The Suzuki Baleno/Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Vitara Brezza/Toyota Urban Cruiser and recently, the Toyota Rumion/Suzuki Ertiga reached dealerships.
We suspect the Toyota Belta will not be coming to South Africa due to the presence of the locally-assembled Toyota Corolla Quest which already has that segment covered.
This article was originally published on Cars.co.za.
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