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Maruti Baleno diesel 90 PS variant could launch soon

Maruti Baleno DDiS 200 being planned

The higher variants could be powered by the 90 PS version of the DDiS 1.3-litre diesel engine.

In a bid to enhance its prospects in the fiercely contested premium hatchback segment, Maruti Baleno could receive a more powerful diesel engine, reports Autocar India. According to the publications sources, Maruti may consider introducing the 90 PS DDiS 200 engine which is found in Ertiga and Ciaz at a later stage.

The DDiS 200 engine produces 15 PS and 10 Nm of torque more than the Baleno’s DDiS 190 by using a Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT). The motor would continue to be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. It remains to be seen whether the higher-spec oil burner would be offered with the SHVS mild hybrid technology or not. With the introduction of a more powerful diesel variant, Maruti would be able to close the power output deficit┬áthat its premium hatchback offering has over its rivals.

Maruti Baleno Sales

The Maruti Baleno diesel 90 PS variant would make the car more appealing.

The Baleno is also offered with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine which generates 84.5 PS and 115 Nm of torque. The petrol motor can be had either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.

Also read – Horrific Maruti Baleno crash leaves 4 dead

Rivaling the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo, the Baleno has already garnered over 40,000 bookings so far. The vehicle is sold exclusively through the car maker’s premium Nexa dealership network alongside the Ciaz and Ertiga.

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