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    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Strengths

    • Neutral looks
    • Spacious cabin
    • Tried-and-tested petrol and diesel engine options; frugal too
    • CVT automatic available with petrol engine in top 3 variants
    • Well-equipped and well-priced mid variants
    • Maruti Suzuki’s wide sales and service network

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Weaknesses

    • Hybrid variants cost too much; it’ll take more than 1,00,000km to recover the extra premium
    • A common sight on Indian roads; you can’t stand out with the Baleno
    • Thin sheet metal catches dents very easily (unfortunately some buyers associate this with build quality)

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Launch Date

    The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift launched on January 28, 2019.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Price Range

    The Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s price range starts from Rs. 5.59 lakh that goes up to Rs. 8.9 lakh (prices ex-showroom, New Delhi).

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Variants

    The Baleno is available in 4 trim levels - Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Engine and Transmission

    The Baleno is available with a normal 1.2-litre petrol, a hybrid 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.25-litre diesel engine. The normal petrol engine makes 83PS of power at 6000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 4200rpm. The hybrid makes 90PS at 6000rpm and 113Nm at 4400rpm. The diesel engine makes 75PS of power at 4000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 2000rpm.

    All three engines come with a 5-speed manual transmission. The normal petrol is also available with a CVT automatic.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Fuel Efficiency

    The normal petrol engine promises a fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl with the manual transmission and 19.6kmpl with the automatic. The hybrid does slightly better with a figure of 23.9kmpl but the diesel beats all of them with a figure of 27.4kmpl.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Hits

    The 2019 Baleno gets automatic projector LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, machined alloy wheels, UV-cut glass, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, tilt and telescopic steering, front armrest, electrically-adjustable outside mirrors, a front armrest, automatic AC, auto-dimming inside mirror and a full-colour MID. There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and steering-mounted controls in the entertainment department. On the safety side, it gets 2 front airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchors, rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Misses

    Unlike a couple of its rivals, the Baleno doesn’t get cruise control, an option of 6 airbags, cooled glovebox, rear AC vents and rear armrest.

    Who Should Buy the Maruti Suzuki Baleno?

    The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a well-rounded car that offers plenty of value, especially in the mid variants. While Maruti Suzuki cars are known for their reliability, if you still prefer having a service centre within driving distance, then Maruti Suzuki is your best bet.

    Even though it doesn’t have a few features, it’s still a feature-loaded car for the price. It has a few features, you can’t even find in pricier sub-4m pseudo SUVs from a segment above. If you can compromise a little bit on the ground clearance and take it easy on rough roads, then the Baleno offers better value than a subcompact SUV. The Baleno should be high on a value-hunter’s list.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Background

    The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is based on the iK-2 concept model that was showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Maruti Suzuki later named it Baleno, after the long-discontinued sedan, which competed with the Honda City.

    The production model of the Baleno hatchback was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show prior to its launch in October 2015.

    The Baleno is the second car to have found a spot on the Nexa showroom floor after the S-Cross.

    The Baleno is also available in the sportier RS variant with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which makes 102PS of power at 5500rpm and 150Nm of torque between 1750 and 4500rpm. It costs Rs. 31,000 more than the Alpha 1.2 normal petrol.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Milestones

    In 4 years since its launch, Maruti Suzuki sold 6.5 lakh units of the Baleno. It moved the i20 from its top spot in the premium hatchback segment.

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Competition

    The Maruti Suzuki Baleno competes with Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Tata Altroz in the premium hatchback segment.

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    Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Future Speculations

    Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that it will phase out the 1.25-litre diesel engine before the new BS6 emission norms come to effect. So, the Baleno won’t have a diesel engine option in the near future. Hyundai is making its 1.2-litre diesel engine BS6 compliant and Honda is retaining the Amaze’s 1.5-litre diesel. So we expect Maruti Suzuki to also have at least 1 diesel engine for sub-4m cars as well.

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