Toyota has just launched it’s smallest sedan car, the Toyota Belta for the Japanese market. Belta means ‘beauty’ or ‘beautiful person’, derived from the Italian word belleza. The car is 4.3 meters long and 1.7 meters wide.
The car has 3 engine options available. The 1.0 litre 1KR-FE and 1.3 litre 2SZ-FE is mated to a Super CVT-i continuously variable transmission, and is front wheel drive. There is also the option of a 1.3 litre 2Nz-FE mated to a 4-speed Super ECT automatic transmission with four wheel drive. All engines are equipped with VVT-i variable valve timing. The 1.3 litre 2WD has a fuel consumption of 19.6km/l while the 1.0 litre 2WD manages 22km/l.
It looks like this new grille styling is set to be Toyota’s new identity, as also seen on the 2006 Toyota Camry. Frankly I don’t like it very much.
Not too keen on the beige interior, I prefer dark coloured interiors like the City VTEC’s.
The car has a centre-mounted dashboard console just like the VIOS. Digital trip meter and fuel meter is already pretty common in the latest cars.
Last but not least, here’s a version equipped with a bodykit. I like how Toyota always has a few bodykit sets already available once a car is released. Don’t need to wait for someone else to develop it.
This should be a pretty interesting car to watch, as it might come to Malaysia as some form of VIOS replacement or something, though the VIOS was designed to be a 1.3/1.5 engine capacity car and this one is a 1.0/1.3 engine capacity car.