Launched in India back in October 2015, Maruti Suzuki Baleno has created many new records in the Indian automotive industry in the past 1 year. One of them being sales crossing 1 lakh mark.
Exported to several international markets including Europe and Japan, the Baleno is only manufactured in India. The car is based on Suzuki’s new lightweight global compact car platform which will spawn more models in the future (including new generation Swift).
For India, Maruti has omitted the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged BoosterJet petrol engine. Instead, the familiar 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine is on offer. The former produces 84 PS and 115 Nm of torque while the latter is good for 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque. The 90 PS version of the diesel engine will not be on offer.
A 5-speed manual unit is a standard transmission option. The petrol variant can also be had with a CVT. In the coming weeks, Maruti Baleno will get the 1.0 liter BoosterJet option. This engine delivers 110 PS power, making Baleno one of the most powerful and frugal hatchbacks in the country.
India-spec Maruti Baleno is available in four variants namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Aplha. The top-end variant comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, projector headlamps, alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, reverse parking camera, automatic climate control, electrically foldable and adjustable wing mirrors.
Competition comes from the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, VW Polo and Fiat Punto.