Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift: What it’ll look like

The Maruti Baleno is set to receive its first big update ever since its launch, with major tweaks to its exterior and interior. We have already come across a few spy shots of the updated Baleno, which have revealed much of the changes it has received on the outside. However, to keep up with the competition, the new Baleno will be getting a slew of new technologies in the cabin and under the hood.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift: What it’ll look like

In all likelihood, the new Baleno is all set to get a slew of new features as per ACI report, the most prominent of which is the bigger 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The new system has already debuted in the all-new generation of the S-Cross and runs on new software. It will replace the Smartplay Studio infotainment system, which has become a common feature in all Marutis, ranging from Alto to S-Cross.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift: What it’ll look like

The new Maruti Baleno will also get a couple of modern tech features like cruise control, standard connected car tech and wireless connectivity for Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Baleno is currently offered a Suzuki Connect telematics kit. However, it offers limited features compared to the systems available in rival cars and is also available only as a paid extra.

In terms of changes under the hood, the new Baleno will get a new 1.2-litre petrol engine with Dualjet technology, which has already made its presence in the facelifted avatars of Swift and Dzire. This new engine is not only more efficient in terms of fuel economy, but also produces a higher power output of 90 PS. The torque output of 113 Nm and transmission options of a 5-speed manual and CVT is expected to be the same as before.

Baleno to get a new face as well

The previous spy shots have revealed that the new Baleno will be getting an all-new front fascia with a revised and wider looking front grille and set of headlamps with LED projectors and sharper looking daytime running LEDs. At the back, it gets new LED tail lamps that look edgier than before. The 16-inch machined alloy wheels are also expected to get a new design.

Apart from the features mentioned above, the new Baleno will also retain the current list of features, like TFT MID for the instrument console, automatic climate control, push start-stop button, driver seat height adjustment, auto headlamps, tilt and telescopic adjustable multi-functional steering wheel and auto-foldable exterior rearview mirrors.

Despite the arrival of fresher competition in the form of all-new Tata Altroz, third-generation Hyundai i20 and facelifted Honda Jazz with more features, the Maruti Baleno continues to be the top seller in the premium hatchback category. However, the Baleno, which has remained almost unchanged ever since it arrived in 2015, is now feeling too long in the tooth. Even the facelift it got in 2019 with a mildly revised front fascia did little to freshen up its appeal. The new second-generation model will help Baleno to become fresher in the wake of the new stronger competition.