Maruti Suzuki Baleno Premium Hatchback Launched in India; Price Range Starts at ₹ 4.99 Lakh

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno, India's biggest carmaker's first premium hatchback, was launched today at a starting price of ₹ 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Baleno with a host of well-rounded features steps into an intensely cut-throat segment with cars like the Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, and Volkswagen Polo. The newest Maruti Suzuki hatchback gets 2 engine options, a petrol and a diesel, along with a choice of 2 gearboxes. Maruti Suzuki Baleno diesel's price starts at ₹ 6.16 lakh and goes all the way up to ₹ 8.11 lakh. One must note the aforementioned prices are introductory.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno

6.21 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti is offering its newest hatchback in a total of 4 trim levels: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha. Colour options on the car will span a total of 7 choices, namely, Ray Blue, Fire Red, Premium Silver, Autumn Orange, Premium Urban Blue, Pearl Arctic White, and Granite Gray. One must note, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno will be sold only via Nexa - the carmaker's premium dealership network in India.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rear

Engine options offered on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno include a 1.2-litre VVT petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. The petrol engine is the retuned version of the same engine as the one that does duty on the Swift. Transmission options for the Baleno hatchback will include a 5-speed manual (petrol and diesel) and a CVT (only petrol).

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Talking about features, the range of standard provisions includes rear combination lamps with LED, body-coloured door handles, ORVMs, and bumpers, etc. Inside, the carmaker has provided the bare minimum one the Maruti Suzuki Baleno's base variant - Sigma; it misses any provisions for entertainment, and gets central locking, front power windows, tilt steering, accessory socket, etc. in the name of comfort and convenience.

With that being said, the remaining variants are amply loaded with comfort and convenience features. In addition to the features mentioned above, the remaining variants also get remote keyless entry, rear power windows, electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic AC, and reverse parking sensors. Nonetheless, the multi information speedometer display (with colour TFT) is available only on Zeta and Alpha.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Dashboard

However, there are some highlights reserved only for the top-end variant, Alpha, including DRLs with LED, alloy wheels, navigation system, voice command, Apple CarPlay, and reverse parking camera among others.

Moving on to safety provisions, Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets anti-theft security system, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, and front seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters as standard safety features across the entire line-up. The list of safety-related equipment exclusive to only the top-end trims (Zeta and Alpha) is rather short and comprises front fog-lamps, auto head-lamps, and auto dimming IRVM.

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The launch in India, marks the Baleno's mark on the global stage. A  chat with the company's MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa revealed that the company plans to adopt the Make-in-India and Sell Globally philosophy and this will rub on to other products as well. The car will be exported to 100 countries to begin with and Maruti Suzuki is looking at more markets to introduce the car in. The company plans to export 50000 units of the Baleno in 2016.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Dimensions:

- Length: 3,995mm

- Width: 1, 745mm

- Height: 1,500mm

- Wheelbase: 2,520mm

- Ground Clearance: 170mm

- Boot Capacity: 339-litres

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Specs:

a. 1.2-litre VVT Petrol

- Displacement: 1197cc

- Power: 83bhp

- Torque: 115Nm

- Transmission: 5-speed manual/ CVT

b. 1.3-litre DDiS Diesel

- Displacement: 1248cc

- Power: 74bhp

- Torque: 190Nm

- Transmission: 5-speed manual

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Mileage:

a. 1.2-litre VVT Petrol: 21.4Km/l

b. 1.3-litre DDiS Diesel: 27.39Km/l

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Colour Options:

- Ray Blue

- Fire Red

- Premium Silver

- Autumn Orange

- Premium Urban Blue

- Pearl Arctic White

- Granite Gray

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Features:

- Body-coloured door handles, ORVMs, and bumpers

- Turn indicators on ORVMs

- DRLs with LED

- Alloy wheels

- Multi information speedometer display (with colour TFT)

- Navigation system

- Apple CarPlay

- Reverse parking sensors and camera

- Dual airbags

- ABS with EBD

- Anti-theft security system

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai i20 vs Volkswagen Polo vs Honda Jazz: Premium Hatchback Price War

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price (introductory; ex-showroom, Delhi):

a. Petrol

- Sigma: ₹ 4.99 lakh

- Delta: ₹ 5.71 lakh

- Delta (CVT): ₹ 6.76 lakh

- Zeta: ₹ 6.31 lakh

- Alpha: ₹ 7.01 lakh

b. Diesel

- Sigma: ₹ 6.16 lakh

- Delta: ₹ 6.81 lakh

- Zeta: ₹ 7.41 lakh

- Alpha: ₹ 8.11 lakh


Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rivals: Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, and Volkswagen Polo

Here's the video of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno taking on the segment leader Hyundai i20


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