Introduction

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a sub 4-metres premium hatchback by Maruti Suzuki India. It is placed higher than the best selling Swift and offers more space, comfort and features than it. Baleno is no new name for India, Maruti had a sedan and a Station wagon named Baleno & Baleno Altura respectively but were discontinued way back. In 2015, Maruti Suzuki launched a hatchback with the same name in India. Baleno rivals Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagon Polo, Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Toyota Glanza. Glanza is a rebadged version of Baleno so it is not fair to say that it rivals it.

   Engine & Transmission


Maruti Baleno was earlier available in three engine options, 1.3L DDiS Diesel Engine, 1.2L Petrol Engine and 1.0L turbo petrol Engine. But now as the BS-VI norms kicked in, Diesel engine and turbo petrol engine have been discontinued. Now Baleno is availabe in 1.2L VVT Petrol Engine and a 1.2L Dual VVT Dual-Jet Petrol Engine. The 1.2 L VVT engine is a BS-VI compliant 1197 cc, inline-4 cylinder DOHC Petrol Engine. It churns out max power of  82bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4200rpm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT for automatic variants. 
The 1.2L Dual-Jet engine is a 1197 cc, inline-4 cylinder, BS-VI compliant Petrol Engine. It produces slightly more power of 87 bhp at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 113 Nm at 4400 rpm. This engine is only available in 5-speed manual transmission for a sporty and engaging feel.

  Exteriors


On the front of the car we get a unique cascading 3d grill with a big chrome suzuki logo. Then there is a chrome lip which underlines the grill and beautifully merges into headlamps and forms the chrome eyebrow. The headlamp is a bright LED Projector unit with LED DRLs underneath the cluster. The car looks bolder with minimum cuts and sharp lines. The bumper lower down houses fog lamps in black surrounds. 

Moving to the side of the vehicle we get Blacked out A-pillar and B-pillar. The ORVM also gets black treatment on its lower part. The door handles are chrome dipped. It now gets new Precision cut two-tone 16 inch alloy wheels. They do really looks great. They comes with 195/55 R16 tyres and on lower spec variants we get 185/65 R15 tyres with 15 inch steel wheels. On the rear there is less window area and we get a clean boot lid. The tail lamp is a combination of LED and halogens, the brake light is a LED while reverse and turn indicators have conventional halogen bulbs. 

  Interior


Baleno features a plush and comfy interior. It gets all black interior with dual tone, blue and black seat. The dashboard design resembles the exterior design of the car. We get a three-spoke steering wheels with volume controls and push button start. Steering wheel is Tilt as well as telescopic adjustable. The instrument cluster is analog with two dials, tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right, in the center lies a TFT colour MID with loads of information. The 8 inch touchscreen unit is placed between the vertical Air con vents. It supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity with GPS and navigation. Below the screen lies the control for the Automatic Air conditioner. The handbrake gets a metal tip to it. All the interior door handles are metallic and feels good and sturdy to hold. It features widest cabin in its class and the rear seats comes with a armrest with cup holders. The boot space is at 339 litres and can be improved by folding up the 60:40 split rear seats.

  Safety

Suzuki says it is a more rigid and strong car. It is build on the Suzuki TECT body platform which is designed to absorb the impacts and secure the passengers. It gets dual front airbags standard across its variants. It also get ABS and EBD for proper road grip while braking. Pedestrian Protection Compliance for safety of pedestrians around the car. Front seat-belts gets pre-tensioner and load limiter and rear isofix child seat mounts.

  Features

  • Driver Seat Adjustment 8 way manually adjustable
  • Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Driver Armrest
  • Front Seat Pockets  
  • Front & Rear Head-rests
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Reverse Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • 12V Power Outlets-2
  • Speed Sensing Door Lock
  • Front & Rear Power Windows
  • Electrically Adjustable & Retractable ORVM
  • Turn Indicators on ORVM
  • Rear Defogger
  • Rear Wiper
  • Front & Rear Door Pockets
  • Glove Box Lamp
  • Speakers-4
  • Voice controls

  Colours & Price


Currently, Baleno is available in five colours:
Nexa Blue
Metallic Magma Grey
Metallic Premium Silver
Pearl Phoenix Red
Pearl Arctic White

Variant

Transmission

Price

Sigma

Manual

5.7 Lakhs

Delta

Manual

6.51 Lakhs

Zeta

Manual

7.08 Lakhs

Delta Dual-Jet

Manual

7.4 Lakhs

Alpha

Manual

7.71 Lakhs

Delta AT

CVT

7.83 Lakhs

Zeta Dual-Jet

Manual

7.97 Lkahs

Zeta AT

CVT

8.4 Lakhs

Alpha AT

CVT

9.03 Lakhs

 *Prices Ex-showroom New Delhi

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