Maruti Suzuki has hiked the prices of its premium hatchback, the Baleno. Challenger to the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz, the price hike has been done for the diesel-powered variants and the performance-oriented RS variant. Just a few days back, Maruti Suzuki brought new updates for the Baleno in the form of the upgraded 1.2-litre K12B petrol engine and the all-new, 1.2-litre DualJet Smart Hybrid petrol engine. Both of them are BSVI compliant and had caused a price hike in the petrol variants. The table below gives the full layout of the increased prices vs the older prices.
|Variant||Old Price||New Price||Price Hike|
|Sigma||Rs 6,61,311||Rs 6,73,611||RS 12,300|
|Delta||Rs 7,32,122||Rs 7,51,621||RS 19,499|
|Zeta||Rs 8,00,621||Rs 8,12,921||RS 12,300|
|Alpha||Rs 8,60,921||Rs 8,73,221||RS 12,300|
The Baleno RS variant has now been priced at Rs. 8.89 lakhs, compared to its older price of Rs. 8.77 lakhs
All Prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)
As seen in the table. the price hike done on the diesel-powered cars is in the range of Rs 12,300 to Rs. 19,499. The Baleno RS variant, on the other hand, gets a price hike of Rs 13,000. This price hike has been done in order to spread the variants more evenly. The price hike in petrol models done recently made them stand alongside their diesel counterparts. For the same, this price hike now again maintains the balance throughout the variant range. Earlier, the new DualJet Smart Hybrid engine powered variants were just between Rs 7,000-14,000 short of their corresponding diesel variants but now the new prices have again spread out the lineup.
Maruti Suzuki launched the new facelifted version of the Baleno in January this month which added some new features to the car along with slightly refreshed exterior and interior design. The facelift brought new alloy wheels, a new grille design and slight changes on the rear end, all of which came together to make the car look fresher. On the interior front, there is a new seat fabric finished in two-tone black and navy blue. The touchscreen audio system has been updated too and it now gets the “SmartPlay Studio” UI and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The Baleno also comes with a number of standard safety features. It includes ABS+EBD, dual airbags, brake assist, pre-tensioner and force limiter seat belts, front seat belt reminder, ISOFIX child seat restraint system, speed alert system and rear parking sensors are standard across the variants of the Baleno. Powering the diesel engine variants is a 1.3-litre unit that churns out a maximum power of 74 Bhp and 190 Nm of torque. The RS variant is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine that churns out 101 Bhp of power along with 150 Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.