Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the best selling premium hatchback in our country. It constantly stays on top by a huge margin when compared to other premium hatchbacks. The manufacturer also launched the Baleno RS in the Indian market but it was discontinued because of poor sales and BS6 emission norms. Here, we have a rendering of a Baleno that has been imagined as a cross vehicle.
The rendering has been done by Shoeb. R. Kalania and the video has been uploaded on his YouTube channel. The rendered Baleno looks a lot sportier even than the Baleno RS. The artist has worked only on the front of the vehicle. He has taken design cues from hot hatchbacks and cross hatchbacks. It is important to note that this render is only an imagination of the artist. There is no official information from the manufacturer of making a Baleno Cross.
Up-front we see an all-new bumper design which is a lot more aggressive than the regular Baleno. The holes in the grille are much larger so that more air can flow towards the engine easily. There is also a front lip installed at the lowest point of the bumper. There are two fog lamp housing placed higher than the traditional place. There are two vertical vents that are meant to smooth out the airflow that is flowing over the wheels.
The grill is quite similar to the one found on the regular Baleno but it has been finished in black. No changes have been made to the headlamps. So, it continues to offer an LED projector setup with LED Daytime Running Lamps. At the side, there are newly designed alloy wheels that have been given a copper finish.
The artist has also installed roof rails. The Baleno has been finished in matte grey with black elements. So, the front air dam, door handles and roof rails are finished in black. The window has also been given a black tint. Overall, the rendering does look quite attractive.
The Baleno is available in two engine options. There is a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. Then there is the Dualjet 1.2-litre engine that comes with mild-hybrid technology. The engine produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. This engine is only offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
New Baleno based compact SUV
Maruti Suzuki is also working on a new compact SUV which will be based on the same HEARTECT platform as the Baleno. The new compact SUV will sit below the current Vitara Brezza. Maruti Suzuki is doing this because the price of the Vitara Brezza has increased quite a bit since it was first introduced. The compact SUV has been codenamed YTB and it will share a lot of things with Baleno. It will come with the same DualJet engine that is doing duty on Baleno, Dzire and the recently launched Swift.