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Of all the variants in this model series, Maruti Baleno 1.3 Sigma is the starting version. This hatch is built on an all new platform that makes it quite lighter. But its make with the TECT body structure, makes it strong enough to absorb the impact and give enhanced protection to the occupants sitting inside. Other security attributes like seat belts with front pretensioners and force limiters, dual horn, disc brakes and a few others are also available. It is quite appealing in terms of both exteriors and interiors, which come with many noticeable and styling elements. This vehicle is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel mill that is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It can belt out 74bhp in combination with 190Nm torque output. On the whole, this engine delivers good performance besides ensuring a healthy fuel economy.
This model looks quite stylish from the outside and even carries attractive design elements. At front, there are high intensity headlamps incorporated on either sides of the radiator grille. The latter, is also embossed with company's insignia in the center. The sleek bonnet comes with expressive lines, whereas the windscreen is pretty wide in size. On the sides, there are handles as well as outside rear view mirrors both of which, are painted in body color. Meanwhile, the A, B and C pillars are in black. Its wheel arches are neatly carved and fitted with 15 inch steel rims. These are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R15. Its rear end looks quite sporty with a back door spoiler and a body colored bumper. The LED rear combination lamps as well as a windshield gives this hatch a complete look.
This trim has a well decorated internal section that assures great convenience to its five passengers in terms of head, space and shoulder space. Good quality plastic material is used inside, while the color scheme gives a pleasant feel. The cockpit has a neat dashboard that houses a three spoke steering wheel, and a modish center console with AC unit. There are also air vents and an instrument cluster fitted to it. The seats provide enhanced comfort and come integrated with headrests. These seats are covered with premium cloth based upholstery. Moreover, the automaker has offered it with boot compartment of 339 litres that is sufficient for storing ample luggage.
Engine and Performance:
It comes incorporated with a 1.3-litre diesel engine that has four cylinders integrated with 16 valves. This is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has a total displacement capacity of 1248cc. As certified by the ARAI, it can return a healthy fuel economy of 27.39 Kmpl on the expressways and nearly 22 Kmpl in urban areas. The maximum power it can produce is 74bhp at 4000rpm and yields torque output of 190Nm at 2000rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission gear box is paired to it, which distributes power to its front wheels.
Braking and Handling:
The car maker has equipped it with a reliable braking system wherein, disc brakes are fitted to its front wheels and drum brakes to the rear ones. This is further accompanied by ABS with EBD. Its highly efficient suspension system makes the drive comfortable besides ensuring stability throughout. It comprise of a McPherson strut on the front axle and a torsion beam on the rear one. Moreover, the rack and pinion based, electric power assisted steering column aids in the vehicle's handling irrespective of all road conditions. It is tilt adjustable, gives excellent response and even supports the minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters.
This entry level trim is packed with a few interesting aspects that help in making the journey comfortable. Its well cushioned seats are one among the list, which provide ample support. Also, it comes integrated with headrests, which are adjustable at front. It is installed with a manual air conditioning unit that helps in controlling the temperature as required. Meanwhile, the air vents on dashboard does the job of spreading cool air in the entire cabin. The front windows can be power operated, while the doors can be locked or unlocked easily with the push of a button. Also, there are accessory sockets available that further aids in keeping mobile phones charged.
It includes a few significant protective aspects like dual horn, driver side seat belt reminder as well as front disc brakes. Its body structure is quite strong, which is based on the Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) utilizing high tensile strength steel. This can endure impact force thus, reducing the risk of injuries. Then, there is the advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which improves braking performance while preventing it from skidding. Aside from these, it also includes anti theft security system, dual front airbags, and seat belts with front pretensioners and force limiters.
1. External design is eye catching.
2. Fuel economy is up to the mark.
1. It lacks a music system.
2. Very few comfort features are available.
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