The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Baleno is just around the corner. While the new version of the premium hatchback was spotted doing trial runs with a camouflaged cover on, a recent set of spy pictures reveal how the car will look in production guise. Going by the images, it is safe to say that the facelift is not too significant as how its immediate rival, the Hyundai i20, was received last year. While the overall silhouette of the car has been kept intact, the liquid flow design now takes a sharper approach.
Baleno gets a new face
The front end of the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno now looks wider due to a stretched look for its smile-like front grille. The spotted version seems to be the base variant, which is likely to be called the Sigma, as it misses out on chrome garnish and blacked outside window surrounds. The headlamps too have been tweaked, and now look wider.
Like before, they will come equipped with LED projectors and daytime running LEDs, with the latter having an edgier look. The front bumper too has been heavily revised with new fog lamp housings and a wider air dam now integrated into a single wide housing.
At the back, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets revisions to its tail lamps, which are having a two-part design. The tail lamps now look wider and have an angular look towards the sides, compared to the rounded one in the current model. The rear bumper too has received mild revisions with new reflectors and trapezoidal housing for the license plate.
The side profile of the new Baleno is not evident in the images. However, in all likelihood, the design will be the same as before, with highlights like door-mounted rearview mirrors and rounded quarter glass at the back. However, as a part of the update, the 16-inch alloy wheels will get a different design.
The interiors are not visible here in these images.
Cabin get changes as well
In previous spy shots, we have already seen that there will be a new dashboard layout on offer, with a new free-standing touchscreen infotainment system. The driver’s cockpit has been revised with a new flat-bottom steering wheel and a revised instrument console layout with a new MID in between.
With this facelift, Maruti Suzuki will be plonking in the new 1.2-litre K12C Dual jet engine in the Baleno. The engine which has already made its way in other Maruti Suzuki offerings like Swift and Dzire promises a higher power output of 90 PS and similar torque output of 113 Nm. However, like in Swift and Dzire, the fuel efficiency of the Baleno is expected to receive a decent hike, which will make it more economical to run than before.