The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the most popular car of India in the premium hatchback category. It received a mild facelift in January this year and it added a few new aesthetic touches to the exteriors and the interiors. Like its smaller cousin Swift, the Balneo is also known to be a good car for modification purposes and there are some brilliant examples of modified Balneos around the country. The one featured here though is easily one of the most exquisitely modified Baleno of India. Take a look at the video below by Vinay Kapoor which shows the car in its full glory.
While there is absolutely no doubt about the fact that this car looks ravishing, another interesting fact about it is that it had been commissioned for this mod job by a Lieutenant of the Indian armed forces. The modifications done on this Baleno are not only aesthetical in nature but also mechanical. The major mechanical change on this car is its suspension setup, which has been overhauled and now the car sits closer to the ground. It is equipped with an aftermarket suspension setup from Bilstein.
The car now runs on Bilstein B3 springs with side load design along with Bilstein B4 shock absorbers. A benefit of this particular setup is that it does not require any chassis modifications as the same setup is used by Suzuki for the Europen market Baleno according to the video. Another upgrade is the Magna Flow exhaust system which costs Rs. 40,000 and lends a nice growl to the car. The total cost of modifications on this car is around Rs. 1.57 lakh but the end result is quite a sight to behold.
It has also been equipped with a low rider body kit that includes a front splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser. All the chrome elements have been done away with on this Baleno while the alloys have been blacked out. Other changes on the car include upgraded lightning, blacked-out grille, paint disc brake calipers, leatherette seat covers. The car has been painted in white but gets red and black detailing which enhances the car’s appeal
Talking about the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the premium hatchback was launched back in 2015 and has since sat on the best selling throne of its segment. It is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. The four-cylinder1.2 litre petrol engine produces a maximum power of 82 Bhp of power along with 115 Nm of torque. The 1.3-litre diesel engine produces a maximum power of 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. The petrol engine gets CVT automatic transmission as an option but the diesel engine option only gets a manual 5-speed transmission. Prices of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno start at Rs. 5.58 lakh for the base model and goes all the way up to Rs. 8.90 lakh for the top-end variant.