A Maruti Suzuki Baleno owner still craved for that Mercedes A-Class which was beyond his reach and hence opted to transform his Baleno into his dream car. However, while he has realized his dream and got himself a Mercedes A-Class look alike, the end result is somewhat unpleasant.
The front end of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been taken apart and fitted with a Mercedes Diamond grille while the Baleno owner has also changed the front bumper to make it look like an A-Class which also sports air vents in the form of a figure ‘8’. It is this new bumper design that Mercedes is using on all their current generation models.
Modifications on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno also extend to company logo in front which is not altogether attractive while it being a lower end Baleno is also devoid of projector headlamps and LEDs. At the rear, the owner has put in a new sporty bumper with quad exhaust tips and rear diffuser offering a sportier appeal to the vehicle.
Wheels and tyres also get upgraded with 16”, five spoke alloy wheels with low profile tyres while cabin too has been modified to resemble a Mercedes A-Class though it does not really suit the car and it’s a far cry away from the real luxury Mercedes A-Class.
Powering the Baleno is 1.2 petrol engine which delivers 83 bhp @ 6000 RPM and 115 Nm @ 4000 RPM. It is also offered with a diesel engine option that delivers 74 bhp @ 4000 RPM and 190 Nm @ 2000 RPM. On the other hand, the Mercedes Benz A Class in India is offered with 1.6 liter petrol generating 122 bhp @ 5000 RPM and 200 Nm @ 1250 RPM while the 2.2 liter diesel A Class delivers 134 bhp @ 3600 RPM and 300 Nm @ 1600 RPM.
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