Maruti Suzuki has introduced the new Baleno with a DualJet smart hybrid engine as the company’s first BS-VI compliant model. This new 1.2 litre K12C DualJet Smart Hybrid engine, offers improved fuel efficiency. Hence let us see how it stacks up against competition both in terms of engine specifications and price. 2019 Maruti Baleno Hybrid vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai i20.
2019 Maruti Baleno Hybrid comes with a 1.2-litre K12C DualJet engine with the Smart Hybrid system. It is the company’s first premium hatchback to receive a BS VI compliant engine so as to meet with stricter emission norms. It is priced at a premium over its other mid spec variants by Rs.89,000 and claims to be power powerful and fuel efficient as compared to the standard Baleno with a standard K12B petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s K12C DualJet 1,242cc, 4 cylinder petrol engine offers 90 hp peak power and 113 Nm torque. The standard Baleno with the K12B 1,197cc, 4 cylinder, petrol engine, makes 84 hp power and 115 Nm torque. Hyundai i20 is powered by a 1,197cc, 4 cylinder petrol engine that offers 83 hp power and 115 Nm torque while the Honda Jazz, also a strong competitor in this segment, is powered by a 1,199cc, 4 cylinder engine capable of 90 hp power and 110 Nm torque. Each of these engines get mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and except for the Baleno DualJet, all get CVT automatic gearbox options.
In terms of fuel efficiency, Baleno with the K12B petrol engine offers fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl. The new Baleno DualJet K12C engine with a lithium ion battery is rated at 23.87 kmpl while the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz offer fuel efficiency of 18.24 kmpl and 18.2 kmpl respectively. All ARAI certified.
Noting the highest fuel efficiency offered by the DualJet engine, the engine also scores as more powerful as compared to the K12B and the Hyundai i20 engine. However, the DualJet engine is noted to offer less torque as compared to any of the other competitors. The DualJet’s Smart Hybrid system offers torque assist function that contributes to improved efficiency while its start/stop system also results in improved acceleration. The brake energy regeneration system recharges its lithium ion battery under deceleration.
Where prices are concerned, the Maruti Baleno DualJet Smart Hybrid, offered only on the mid spec Delta and Zeta variants, sees an upward revision in price by Rs.89,000 over the standard Baleno. The Baleno DualJet is priced from Rs.7.25-7.86 lakhs. The standard Baleno is priced at Rs.5.55-7.55 lakhs for the manual variants going up toRs.7.63-8.87 lakhs for its automatic variants. The Hyundai i20 is priced from Rs.5.51-8.07 lakhs for the manual petrol variants and from Rs.8.23-9.12 lakhs for automatic variants. Prices of the Honda Jazz is higher than competition ranging from Rs.7.5-7.93 lakhs for the petrol manual variants and from Rs.8.69-9.32 lakhs for automatic variants.
Baleno DualJet definitely is priced higher than the competition, but it also comes with a more efficient technology and higher mileage. Maruti also claims that it emits lesser green house gasses, and thus is less harmful to the environment than any other car in the segment.