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Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a premium compact hatchback offering from the Indian carmaker. It is powered by two engine options – a 1,197 cc petrol engine and a 1,248 diesel engine. Power and torque generated by the petrol is 83 hp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm. For the diesel, it is 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Both engines come with their respective 5-speed manual transmissions and the petrol also has an option of a CVT automatic gearbox.

Claimed fuel efficiency of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol is 21.4 km/l and that of the diesel is 27.39 km/l. The premium hatchback is equipped with 185/65 section tyres on a 15-inch steel rim, while the 16-inch alloy has 195/55 section tyres. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno measures 3,995 mm in length, is 1,745 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall. Considering the length and wheelbase of 2,520 mm, there is ample cabin space for four adults and there is a decent boot space of 339 litres with the rear seat in upright position. Check for Maruti Suzuki Baleno  price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Design

The all new Baleno features Maruti’s ‘Liquid Flow’ design philosophy which is derived from ‘energetic mass of water in motion’ concept. What this means is that the car has curvy body and energetic styling cues. The new facelift doesn’t differentiate it much from the earlier model but it does host some visible changes. At the front, the car gets a new grille design which looks aggressive. The headlamps might not look different from the earlier model, but it now replaces the bi-xenon projector ones with the new LED projectors lights like we have seen in Swift, Dzire, Ciaz, Ignis and S-Cross.

The headlights also get daytime running LEDs in the top spec model. Further, in terms of distinction, the front bumper has been revised housing a larger air dam while the fog lights now gets new enclosure and are closer to headlights. Turn to the side and the profile looks a bit unusual. The profile remains rounded, especially at the back and not as sharp as Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i20. But this wouldn’t polarize opinions much. However, what the carmaker did right this time is giving new dual-toned 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels replacing the old plain jane wheel caps.

Move to the rear and you will find that there are no obvious changes in the new one. The hatch door appears to be small as compared to the big balloon-like bumper. The hatch features a huge contour that run one behind the other at the end of the taillights. The tail lights sports LED elements which does appear elegant. There is minimalistic badging which is a good thing. All you get is the Suzuki ‘S’ logo in the middle and ‘Baleno’ inscribed on the left. To add to the sportiness, there is a roof spoiler that also incorporates brake light.

From the rear you can’t differentiate between the petrol and diesel Baleno. You have to turn around to side and see a small symbol on the front passenger’s side fender to do that. The wing mirrors which are mounted on the door are body coloured and gets integrated turn indicators. Overall, the latest update retains the overall exterior design.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin

The new Baleno gets subtle changes inside. The carmaker has replaced the earlier black colour scheme with the new blue and black combination which does add a dash of sportiness to the car. Further, to make this car look upmarket, Maruti has chosen to give chrome inserts around the ac vents as well as on the centre console. The most prominent change comes in the form of updated infotainment system. The 7-inch touchscreen unit is the same SmartPlay Studio which is seen in new Wagon R. The infotainment retains the support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with new navigational setup which shows live traffic and warning for speed limit. This unit has been sourced from Harman instead of Bosch and the user interface is also chic and slick to use.

The instrument cluster is the same 4.2 inch colour TFT multi information display in the middle. The white fonts with blue circles look cool. The MID shows information such as real-time and average fuel consumption, time, outside temperature and distance to empty counter. The instrument cluster also shows the power and torque being used with clean animated graphics. The steering wheel is familiar and gets tilt and telescopic functionality along with mounted controls for music and telephony. It is also good to hold.

Coming to the seating and space, the front seats offers excellent support with new black fabric with blue inserts. Here you will find decent storage space with nice quality of materials. The doors get adequate sized storage pockets for holding 1L of water bottle. The car is quite spacious with 5 adult can occupy the seats comfortably as there is ample headroom and legroom. However, the only con here is the absence of rear ac vents centre armrest which Maruti should have included in the face lifted version. But the good thing is that automatic climate control is now available right from the Delta variant. To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Baleno  visit Scriptcafe

The boot space is sufficient with 319L of luggage storage which can be further extended by flipping the rear seats in 60:40 ratio. Overall, the carmaker has given decent updates this time around but misses out on some of the prominent features.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance

The engines of the 2019 Maruti Baleno will remain the same and there will be no change in them. These are a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. Both will be offered with a five-speed manual, while the petrol will continue to have the CVT option too. The petrol engine will have great performance, complemented by the light weight of the car. The performance of the petrol engine is currently the best in its segment. The engine is highly refined and it has good power on offer too. At the same time, this engine packs in generous torque too. There will an option of the Baleno RS too which has a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. This will be aimed at enthusiastic drivers who like performance cars.

The Maruti Baleno diesel is a 1.3-litre unit which will produce 75bhp of power. It will get a five-speed manual gearbox. This is the very competitive engine and Maruti would like to continue with it. With the lower weight of the car, it performs well too and is fuel efficient. There are also rumors about a new 1.5-litre diesel unit making its way into the Baleno. If so, this will replace the 1.3-litre, Fiat-sourced engine.

As the engine options remain unchanged, so is the fuel efficiency figure. Where the petrol motor delivers 21.4kmpl with both the manual and automatic transmission, the diesel run Baleno is able to deliver ARAI certified mileage of 27.4kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Driving

The suspension of the Baleno has been tweaked from the perspective of a city wanderer. The vehicle absorbs potholes and little rough roads quite easily. Though the higher wheelbase of the car makes it slightly less agile but the positive side is that you get a huge cabin space. In spite of that, the handling of really predictable.Another plus point is the steering wheel which behaves light at low speeds and quite weighted at higher speeds. And this is superior to that of Honda Jazz and Elite i20 as there steering response is less weighted at higher speeds.

The Baleno underpins all-new platform which is stronger by 10 percent and at the same time lighter that gives it a fundamental advantage in terms of performance. But it isn’t as tight and fun-to-drive as sibling Swift, yet the dynamics are well sorted without any nasty surprises. Throw the car at corners and it will manage the intended line. So the ride and handling is spot on for the urban driving setup and good for occasional highway trips.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all variants for added safety. Apart from this, the car gets rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child mounts and seat belt reminders as standard across all variants, thanks to the upcoming safety norms.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Baleno On Road Price is 6,36,475/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,54,689/- in Mumbai. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in 14 colours, namely Premium Urban Blue,Metalic Premium Silver,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue (RS),Autumn Orange (RS),Fire Red (RS),Granite Gray,Ray Blue,Premium Urban Blue (RS),Autumn Orange,Premium Silver (RS),Granite Gray (RS),Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White (RS). Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 83 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Bottomline

Maruti Baleno is an excellent car to drive. It does not have a high seat as you get on Maruti Wagon R, but it still provides an excellent view of the road ahead. The positioning of the gearshift is ideal to help you maintain the right posture while driving. Overall, Maruti Baleno ticks all the boxes.

Maruti Suzuki has competitively priced this vehicle. The price for new Baleno starts from Rs. 5.54 lakh and goes up to Rs. 8.87 lakh. The petrol models starts from Rs. 5.54 lakh with the top of the line variant priced at Rs. 8.87 lakh. The diesel base model pricing starts from Rs. 6.69 lakhs while the top of the range model has been tagged at Rs. 8.70 lakh, ex-showroom. The Baleno will continue to rival Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz in the segment.

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