Maruti Suzuki’s premium hatchback, the Baleno has been in news recently. The popular hatchback will be getting a midlife facelift soon and for the first time ever, clear pictures of the upcoming models have surfaced. The Baleno has always been sold as a premium offering by the company and it was the first model to be included in Maruti Suzuki’s chain of premium Nexa dealerships.
This facelift will give a much needed boost to the car, which for the first time got three places behind than its direct rival, the Hyundai i20 Elite. Here are the latest spyshots of the car from GaadiWaadi.
As seen in the picture, the changes made on the facelift are very subtle and not major ones. The front fascia now sports a wider air intake along with redesigned bumper. The fog lamp housing is now separate and positioned at a vertical angle. LED projector headlamps will replace the older HID projectors lamps and LED Daytime Running Lights will also be on offer.
Though the picture above has the test mule running on steel wheels, it is expected that the company will offer new and better looking alloys on the higher variants to make the car more appealing. Other changes that the facelift is expected to come with are reversing parking sensors, speed warning alert and speed sensing auto door lock which are made mandatory in the upcoming government norms.
Talking of the engines, Maruti will continue to offer the same engine options as found on the current model. The current Baleno model come with a choice of either a 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine and a 1.3 litre diesel engine. The petrol unit churns out 83 Bhp of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, churns out 74 Bhp of power at 4,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The petrol version is available with both manual and a CVT automatic transmission while the diesel variants are only available with a manual transmission.
There is also a more sporty version of the Baleno, dubbed as the Baleno RS. This performance oriented version of the premium hatchback is powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that puts out a good 101 Bhp of power at 5,500 rpm along with a peak torque of 150 Nm. Apart from the more powerful engine, no other mechanical changes have been made on the car to make it more sporty, unlike some other cars like the Tiago JTP.
The upcoming Baleno facelift will help Maruti to get back at the competition which has slowly and steadily started to bite its heel off. The current model of the Baleno has an average sales of around 17,000 units per month. However, December saw only 11,135 units of the Baleno being driven off from dealerships. Therefore, the facelift will certainly help give the car a boost, which we earlier saw happen with the Ciaz facelift.