Toyota Starlet hatchback revived 21 years laterSeptember 2, 2020
Toyota showcases Starlet hatchback in Africa. The model of the same name was produced from 1973 to 1999.
The novelty is the African version of the Toyota Glanza hatchback, which is a variant of the Suzuki Baleno. By the way, the name Glanza is also historical: the production of “sporting” Toyota Starlet Glanza hatchbacks for Japan was carried out in the 1990s.
The new Starlet, which has a length of 3995 mm, differs from the Suzuki Baleno in the presence of only other logos and a different radiator grille, and the production of these cars is established in India at the Maruti Suzuki plant. But if the Glanza in the Indian market is offered with an 83-horsepower 1.2-liter gasoline engine, the Starlet in Africa is available with a 92-horsepower 1.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. The transmission can be a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The new Starlet is expected to appear in 47 African states by the end of the year. It is noteworthy that this is only the fourth model in the local Toyota lineup: up to this point, only models such as the Land Cruiser 200, Hilux and Hiace were offered here.
In addition, it was recently noted that the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV received a productive power unit. As noted by the Japanese automaker, the new update should stimulate customer interest in the “frame”.
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