The Maruti Baleno has achieved the milestone of selling more than 4 lakh units across the globe. The B-segment hatchback was launched in the Indian market in October 2015 and is available in eleven configurations, with prices ranging from Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Maruti Baleno RS retails at INR 8.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in four variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
Looking at the progress report of the Baleno, the automaker sold 44,697 units in the six months of FY16 that it was on sale – at a time when Maruti’s Nexa dealership count had just crossed the 100-mark. While in FY17, sales grew to 1, 20,804 units and the FY18 witnessed a 58 percent surge in Baleno sales, to 1, 90,480 units. Later in the same FY, Baleno sold 39,810 units, up until May. Currently, the Nexa network is over 300-showroom strong, hence we can say that the Baleno’s sales growth has mirrored the expansion of Maruti’s premium Nexa sales network, which exclusively retails the model.
Mechanically, the premium hatchback comes powered by the K12M 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine producing up to 83 BHP and 115 NM of peak torque paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT and the D13A 1.3-litre DDiS 190 diesel engine coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission generates upto 74 BHP and 190 NM. However, the sporty Maruti Baleno RS gets the K10C 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol engine churning out 100 BHP of maximum power and 150 NM of peak torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes based on the Heartect platform by the automaker that now underpins the Maruti Ignis, Maruti Dzire, and Maruti Swift as well. It is positioned above the Maruti Swift and sold through the premium NEXA retail outlet in the country and Baleno is the best-selling of the Nexa-retailed Maruti Suzuki cars. Also, Baleno has also been a long-time fixture on India’s top 10 sellers' list.
Talking about the features, the hatchback offers HID projector headlamps with LED DRL, UV cut glass, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED rear combination lamps, passive keyless entry, SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay and coloured MID.
However, since its launch in 2015, Maruti Suzuki has not updated the Baleno till now and the facelift is expected by 2019. The official confirmation by the automaker is still awaited on the same but as the segment isn't expecting any new rivals anytime soon; the future of Baleno seems to be smooth for quite some time. The only new entrant in the segment is going to be the Tata's hatchback based on the 45X concept, which was unveiled at Auto Expo 2018, but that is also not expected in the near future. Currently, the Baleno takes on likes of the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and the Honda Jazz in the segment.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further details on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift.