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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Toyota Brings Back The Belta As A Re-Badged Suzuki For 2022


For those who’re familiar with Toyota history, they’d probably remember that the local market Vios took on the name Belta for its home market in Japan. A contraction of the Italian words, Bella Gente or “Beautiful People,” it enabled Toyota to expand its offering, especially in developing markets (it wasn’t such a big hit in North America or even Japan).

Well, Toyota’s decided that it’s time to resurrect the nameplate, at least for the Middle East. Meet the 2022 Belta and for some, the design is all too familiar. Like the Urban Cruiser and Starlet, Toyota turned to Suzuki to make the Belta. As such, it’s basically the Ciaz with the Toyota badges slapped on.


Powering the Belta is the very same 1.4-liter K14B 4-cylinder engine. It does make slightly more power compared to the local Ciaz—103 horsepower (vs 91 horsepower) and 138 Nm of torque (vs 130 Nm). Nonetheless, it shares the same 4-speed automatic.

Features for the Belta mirror the Ciaz closely with 16-inch rims, available LED headlights, and an 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system with reverse camera.


The Belta serves the Middle Eastern market where it’s sourced from India. Naturally, this limits the chances of this heading to the ASEAN market. That said, it’s amazing how Toyota’s managing to tap into different OEM partnership for a lot of their global vehicles.

2 comments:

  1. This All-new Toyota Belta reminds me of the Facelifted Suzuki Ciaz.

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    1. well it is basically a Ciaz...:)

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