What Baleno Means for Maruti's Portfolio!
Launch Update: Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been launched at a price of Rs 4.99 lacs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The car offers segment first Apple CarPlay, amongst other creature comforts. In terms of safety, the car features ABS with EBD and Dual-Front airbags as standard throughout all of its variants. Check out the complete launch details right here: Maruti Suzuki Baleno Launched at Rs 4.99 lacs.
Japanese automakers have a knack for bringing their concepts to road, especially Suzuki. Suzuki’s Kizashi got the same treatment and A-Star before that was also brought to road with minimalistic changes to the conceptual design and now Maruti’s latest premium offering is also on its way to us, straight off the design board. On the outside, Maruti Baleno features a ‘V’ shape front grille, a partial floating roof, sloping roof line, rear spoiler and new Suzuki alloys.The 2015 Maruti Suzuki Baleno is company’s proper entry into the premium hatchback segment. The car is rivaling the likes of Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz.
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The car is being sold out of Maruti's premium NEXA dealerships. Besides, the car features Maruti’s SHVS mild hybrid technology and is a low cost hybrid. The hybrid technology is exclusive to diesel variants, which has made Baleno India’s first premium hybrid hatchback. This has also helped buyers avail government’s FAME scheme benefits that includes subsidies for hybrid and electric vehicles.
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As far as power-plants are concerned the car features a 1.3 litre DDiS200 diesel engine, which offers fuel-efficiency of around 27 kmpl. The car also comes in a petrol variant, which is offered with an option of automatic transmission, but no such concessions are made for the diesel variants. The other transmission on offer is the 5-speed automatic.
The interiors get a plush premium feel and come with an all-black color scheme. The instrument clusters and steering wheel gets silver accents and chrome highlights. Other additions include a 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system that was first seen inside Ciaz and S Cross.
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