Here’s how the Baleno’s new powertrain compares against other 1.2-litre petrol-powered hatchbacksApril 30, 2019 By Team ZigWheels
Specifications Summary of Baleno
|Mileage (ARAI) kmpl :||21 Kmpl to 27 Kmpl|
|Gear Box :||CVT|
|Fuel Type :||Petrol / Diesel|
|Transmission :||Manual / Automatic|
|Length Width Height :||3995*1745*1510|
|Seating Capacity :||5|
|Boot Space :||339-litres|
Maruti Baleno Latest Updates
Maruti Suzuki has hiked the prices of the diesel and RS variants of the Baleno. Diesel variants have received a price hike in the range of Rs 12,000 to Rs 19,500, while the RS variants now gets dearer by Rs 13,000.
Maruti Suzuki’s premium hatchback is now BSVI compliant, but only in the petrol variants. The Baleno is now available with two BSVI petrol engines, both 1.2-litre units. One is an updated version of the earlier K-Series VVT unit, the other is an all-new DualJet unit with Smart Hybrid technology. The Baleno DualJet has a claimed fuel efficiency of 23.87kmpl!
The Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine has not been made BSVI compliant though, and will be discontinued.
Apart from the new BSVI powertrains, the Baleno remains the same as before. The facelift it received back in January 2019 gave it a sportier look overall while retaining its strengths of a spacious cabin and loaded feature list.
Maruti Baleno Price
Maruti Baleno prices start at Rs. 5.59 lakh for petrol and goes upto Rs. 8.90 lakh. The prices of Baleno diesel variants start at Rs. 6.74 lakh and the top-end diesel is priced at Rs. 8.73 lakh. Maruti Baleno is available in 13 variants and 6 colours.
- Petrol (9 Variants)
- Diesel (4 Variants)
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Maruti Baleno Highlights
The Baleno now gets two new BSVI compliant petrol engines, while the diesel engine remains unchanged. There’s a 1.2-litre BSVI petrol motor, a 1.2-litre 'DualJet' petrol motor paired to a 'Smart Hybrid' mild-hybrid system and a 1.3-litre diesel. The diesel engine makes 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque, and comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine is plagued by turbo lag, but once on the boil, it does deliver grins alongside efficiency. The 1.2-litre motor used to develop 83PS/115Nm and did not mind revved to its redline. It was smooth, refined and peppy, a combination that was hard to say no to. Over the 5-speed manual, there was an optional CVT too that bumps up the convenience quotient. Changes made to make the engine BSVI compliant may or may not have affected its characteristics, we will have to drive it and see. Maruti has added a new 1.2-litre DualJet Dual VVT petrol engine to the Baleno's lineup which is also BSVI compliant. Apart from being more fuel efficient and less polluting, the engine could be peppier than the standard 1.2 petrol motor - this is thanks to the torque-fill provided by the Smart Hybrid system. Performance numbers are awaited. This engine is only paired with the 5-speed manual variants. There’s a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet of the RS variant. Sadly, it’s not as sporty as Maruti claims.
Exterior and Interior
The Baleno debuted as the iK-2 Concept way back in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. Maruti Suzuki has given the hatchback a subtle update now, which deviates ever so slightly from the concept. There’s a new bumper that appears sportier, courtesy a revised enclosure for the foglamp and sharper creases. The grille has grown in size, and the layered effect looks posh too. Over to the sides, you’ll notice a set of new machine-finished 16-inch alloy wheels. A minor update comes in the form of LED lighting that replaces bi-xenon setup in the projector headlamps. With the RS variant, you get a sportier body kit that hopes to show-off the Baleno’s sporty side.
Inside the cabin, the Baleno continues to feature a blue-black interior theme. The silver accents on the dashboard are now darker too. This, we feel, is a refreshing change from the beige-black setup most of its contemporaries use. It’s among the most spacious cabins in its class too, with rear seat kneeroom managing to eke past a few C-segment sedans as well. Yes, the small windows might make you feel hemmed in at times, but that’s not really a deal-breaker in our books. You also get 339 litres of boot space, which is ample for a modern nuclear family. But remember that the opening is high off the ground and narrow, so you’ll end up working the lower back while loading big or heavy luggage. In terms of features, Maruti Suzuki has changed the touchscreen on the top-spec Alpha variant. It’s still a 7-inch unit, but it’s the new ‘SmartPlay Studio’ unit we’ve seen in the new WagonR. Developed by Harman, this screen too supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include a 6-speaker music system, automatic climate control, puddle lamps, a coloured TFT screen for the MID, and automatic headlamps. As far as safety is concerned, you get dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard. The 2019 Baleno also gets seatbelt reminder, a speed alert system, and reverse parking sensors as standard across variants.
You get to choose between five Baleno variants - Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha and RS. The base variant gets nothing more than the essentials such as manual air-conditioning and front power windows. It also misses out on a music system, which is why we recommend you skip this altogether. With the Delta, there’s a whole lot of added goodies, including LED projector headlamps, automatic climate control, reverse parking sensors, rear washer/wiper, and a 4-speaker audio system. Coming to the Zeta, this variant adds in some feel-good elements such as alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start/stop, automatic headlamps and an auto-dimming IRVM. With the Alpha, you additionally get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, UV cut glass, puddle lamps and a reverse parking camera. The feature list of the RS variant is identical to that of the Alpha.
Ford Figo: The Figo is an all-rounder that does a bit of everything. It’s spacious, well-equipped and, if you pick the diesel (especially in the S trim), it’s a hoot to drive as well. Did we mention it sips through a pinched straw all the time?
Hyundai Elite i20: The one that has it all! The Elite i20 brings a sense of class and features to this segment like no other. Premium build, loads of kit on offer, looks that turn heads and space for five. What more do ya need, eh?
Volkswagen Polo: Volkswagen’s Polo may not have set the sales charts on fire, but it has its own little fanclub. Primary reasons being the rock-solid build quality inside-out, and the fun-to-drive engines in the GT variants. It might seem a bit dated to some, but we aren’t complaining just as yet!
Honda Jazz: With space that would shame a few apartments in Mumbai, the Honda Jazz is a sensible hatch for the practical lot. The engines are refined, equipment levels are on par with its peers and it’s backed up by Honda’s reputation for its reliability and after-sales support.
You can’t really go wrong with the Baleno. It’s loaded, spacious, efficient, less polluting and can be fun too! We wish for better build quality at certain places and a punchier tune for the diesel motor. Look past that and it’s a no-nonsense choice!
Maruti Baleno Mileage
The claimed ARAI mileage for the Maruti Baleno petrol is 23 kmpl, and for the Maruti Baleno diesel is 27 kmpl.
Maruti Baleno Service Cost
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Maruti Baleno News
Diesel variants of the premium hatchback have received a price hike in the range of Rs 12,000 to Rs 19,500April 25, 2019 By Team ZigWheels
The updated Baleno gets two BSVI compliant petrol engines, but no news on the diesel yet.April 23, 2019 By Team ZigWheels