Maruti Suzuki India Limited, leading automakers in the country, have offered fresh updates to both the Baleno and S-Cross. As far as updates on Maruti Suzuki Baleno are concerned, buyers will find an added safety feature in the form of ISOFIX child seat anchors thus making the vehicle BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) complaint.
This feature is offered across all variants of the Baleno. Other safety features seen on the Baleno include seat belt pre-tensioner, reminder to drivers, LED DRLs, reverse sensors and parking camera besides auto dimming IRVMs. The Baleno with these safety updates could be seen in company showrooms sometime in early 2017.
The fully loaded variants of the Maruti Baleno and S-Cross are now fitted with grey alloy wheels instead of silver ones they previously came with. The minor update has no change in prices or any other specifications. The switch to the new alloy wheel color appears to be a result of Maruti seeking to spruce up the aesthetics without any significant expenditure.
The Baleno has been witnessing strong demand since its launch while the S-Cross managed to find enough takers post the massive price slash earlier this year. The duo, along with the Vitara Brezza, is keeping the assembly lines extremely busy.
The Baleno hatchback is available with an 84 PS 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and a 75 PS 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The former is mated either to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT while the latter is available only with a 5-speed manual gearbox. A new variant of Baleno will be launched later this year, Baleno RS. It will be powered by a 1.0 liter Boosterjet engine.
The S-Cross is available with the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motor in 90 PS guise in addition to the new 1.6-litre DDiS unit which makes 120 PS. The base motor makes do with a 5-speed MT while the range-topping mill receives a 6-speed MT. Later this year, India will get the facelifted S-Cross, which is already on sale in Europe.