While Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the Grand Vitara in the Indian market, it will not end its SUV spree with it. The Indian carmaker has already started testing the five-door version of the Jimny four-wheel-drive SUV, which will arrive sometime in 2023. Another compact crossover which Maruti Suzuki is testing right now is a more rugged-looking version of the Baleno. Rumoured to be called Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross, this all-new crossover was recently spied by YouTuber Rajni Choudhary, which reveals a few key details about it.
In the video, we can see the all-new Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross in a completely camouflaged version, though there are some design impressions which are visible in it. The overall stance of the Baleno Cross isn’t much heightened as that of the Brezza and Grand Vitara. However, compared to the Baleno hatchback, the Baleno Cross seems to be getting a higher ground clearance. Also, the overall silhouette of this new crossover looks similar to that of the Baleno hatchback, with a slightly rounded roofline and raked front and rear windscreens.
Baleno Cross looks bold
At the front, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross gets a wider and bolder fascia. The design highlights visible through the camouflage indicate that the Baleno Cross will have its front fascia inspired by that of the Grand Vitara. The wide-looking grille with unique zig-zag black inserts split headlamps with triple-bar daytime running LEDs and LED projector headlamps do indicate this theory. The side profile of the Baleno Cross gets the same alloy wheel design, door-mounted rear view mirrors and door panels as the Baleno hatchback. However, it differentiates itself with slightly squared wheel arches.
At the back, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross gets a substantially different design for the boot lid. Compared to the Baleno hatchback, the Baleno Cross looks like it has got a redesigned boot lid with license plate housing placed in the middle of it, rather than on the front bumper in the former. The tail lamps also look different, with a noteworthy character line joining them while running across the width of the boot lid.
There are no mechanical details available for the Baleno Cross at the moment. However, it is said that it will mark the return of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine, which was available in the Baleno RS. If it is not the case, it might get the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder 90 PS petrol engine from the Baleno hatchback.