Maruti Suzuki is currently working on several new models and is also working on updating the existing models. One such car that is due for an update is Baleno premium hatchback and recently the test mule of Baleno facelift was spotted testing on our roads. Maruti Baleno competes with cars like Tata Altroz, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo in the segment. Maruti is extensively working on the Baleno and recently the interiors of the upcoming facelifted version was spotted. As per the new spy pictures, the Baleno facelift will be coming with revised interiors.
The spy pictures have been shared by Autocar India. The pictures show a glimpse of the new interior in the upcoming Baleno. The dashboard look completely different from the current version. In the ongoing version of Baleno, the AC vents are positioned vertically while in the spy pictures, the vents are placed horizontally. Another noticeable difference is the placement of the touchscreen infotainment screen.
Earlier the AC vents were placed on either side of the screen while in the update version, Maruti is expected to offer a floating type touchscreen which would probably be larger in size than the current unit. According reports, the new touchscreen infotainment system will be supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The steering wheel on the Baleno facelift also looks slightly different from the current version. The new steering wheel looks similar to what we have already seen in Swift and Dzire. As the dashboard is being redesigned, the buttons for climate control and other features on the Baleno are also expected to be redesigned.
The 2022 Maruti Baleno or the Baleno facelift is also expected to come with a new instrument cluster but, the test vehicle seen here in the images come with the same instrument cluster as the current version. Maruti might add it to the vehicle at a later stage of testing. The Baleno facelift will undergo several cosmetic changes on the outside.
The front end of the premium hatchback is expected to see major revisions. The front grille will be redesigned and the headlamps will also get a new design. There will be dual arrow-shaped LED DRLs and the headlamps are expected to be LED units. Some of the body panels on this premium hatchback might also see some changes along with the tail lamps and the new alloy wheels.
Current version of Maruti Suzuki Baleno is offered with a petrol engine only. The same engine is expected to be seen in the facelift as well. It will be a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine generating 83 Ps and 90 Ps of power ( 90 Ps is generated by DualJet version with Smart Hybrid technology). This engine generates 113 Nm of peak torque in both versions. Maruti Suzuki Baleno is offered with a manual and a CVT gearbox option and the same will be carried forward to the facelift as well. Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the facelifted version of Baleno premium hatchback in the market early next year.