Maruti Suzuki will update the Baleno and many other cars in the Indian market next year. While the uncamouflaged leaked pictures of the Baleno revealed all the changes in the styling changes in the car earlier this year, new pictures of the car are out. The new Baleno was spotted during a TVC shoot by T-BHP indicating that launch is around the corner.
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno is just a facelift and not a full model change. However, Maruti Suzuki has made some substantial changes to keep the car fresh in the market. This mid-life update adds a new slimmer grille, newly redesigned headlamps, and an updated bumper at the front.
The rear comes with changes like a new tailgate and new headlamp units. The new spy pictures of the car reveal that the top-end variants will come with dual-tone alloy wheels and chrome door handles as well.
Maruti Suzuki sells the Baleno through its premium sales network – Nexa. The Baleno was spotted in the signature promotion color of the premium retail chain, which is known as the Nexa Blue. The new car will also get a few changes inside the cabin.
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.
However, the central infotainment system is likely to get updated with a new SmartPlay system and the infotainment system can get updated as well.
Baleno will become powerful
With this facelift, Maruti Suzuki will be plonking in the new 1.2-liter 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.
Despite the arrival of new competition like the 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.