Despite a strong demand in the Indian car market even after 6 years of its existence, there is no denying the fact that the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one option that feels the least up-to-date in its category of premium hatchbacks. While the liquid flow exterior design and spacious cabin of the Maruti Baleno still feels premium over other smaller hatchbacks, the competition has moved ahead with new generation updates. To match up with the pace of its rivals, the Maruti Baleno is soon going to get its first major update, and this latest spy shot of its test mule is a fact in this direction.
In a YouTube video uploaded by Peanut Putter Vlogs, we can see a black-coloured camouflaged unit of a car which seems to be a revised version of the Baleno. It is evident from the smoothly flowing silhouette of the car.
The test mule clearly shows all the possible changes which the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno will come with. The sheet metal changes are not as extensive as one would expect from it. However, the new version of the premium hatchback will get a revised front fascia with a bigger grille and sleeker headlamps, the latter of which will come integrated with LED projectors and new edgier looking daytime running LEDs.
The side profile is also expected to get changes in the form of new rear quarter glass behind the window for rear passengers and new multi-spoke alloy wheels, which in all likelihood will be 16-inch diamond-cut units. The design of the alloy wheels looks majorly different from the current alloys of the Zeta and Alpha variant of the hatchback.
The test mule also gives a glimpse of how the rear profile of the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno will look like. The boot lid design will get minor changes and there will be new LED tail lamps that look sleeker and wider than before.
Changes in the cabin as well
The video shows no footage of the cabin of the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno. However, as seen in previous spy shots, the dashboard of the new version will be majorly overhauled with a new layout, which will sport a revised TFT display for the instrument console, a new free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, a new lower centre console design with revised buttons for automatic climate control and newly shaped AC vents.
The new Baleno is expected to get the new 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Swift, which produces a higher power output of 90 PS and similar torque output of 113 Nm. The transmission options are expected to be the same 5-speed manual and CVT units.