The Maruti Brezza and the Baleno are two very different cars despite both measuring under 4 meters in length, and sitting in the compact car segment. While the Brezza is a compact SUV that is built quite sturdily to handle all kinds of roads, the Baleno is a light weight hatchback aimed mainly at city car buyers. While the Brezza is diesel powered and is significantly heavier than the Baleno, the latter gets both petrol and diesel engine options. So, what happens when a Brezza Diesel meets a Baleno Petrol for a drag race? Well, watch the video below and check it out for yourself.
As the video clearly indicates, the Maruti Brezza is significantly faster than the Baleno. this comes as a bit of a surprise considering the fact that the Baleno is a lot lighter than the Brezza, and the K-Series petrol engine that it’s powered by is quite a peppy unit that loves to be revved. While the Maruti Brezza uses a 1.3 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm outputs, the Baleno features the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine in 82 Bhp-113 Nm state of tune. While the Brezza weighs a portly 1,175 kilogram, the Baleno weighs just 880 kilos.
The power to weight ratio of the Baleno is 93 Bhp/ton while that of the Brezza is 75 Bhp/ton. As for torque to weight numbers, the Baleno clocks 128 Nm/ton while the Brezza really kills it with a 175 Nm/ton number. So, torque is what really speaks the loudest for outright acceleration, and it’s because of this factor that the Brezza actually ends up beating the much lighter Baleno. In terms of outright top speed though, the Baleno Petrol is likely to fare better than the Brezza as diesel engined cars typically have weaker top-end performance compared to petrols.
Maruti is winding down the manufacture of diesel engined cars, and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine, which single-handedly made diesel cars popular in India, will soon be resigned to history books as it won’t meet the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms. Cars such as the Maruti Brezza and Baleno will become petrol-only models by the end of this year, and they’re unlikely to move back to diesel engines, at least for a few more months after that. Maruti will introduce the 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine in the Brezza, as a diesel motor replacement. This petrol engine makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and will be offered with 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes. As for the Baleno, which is also offered with 1.3 liter diesel engine presently, it’ll revert back to the two petrol engine it’s sold with: the 1.2 liter K-Series unit and the more powerful 1.2 liter DualJet petrol mild hybrid with 90 Bhp-113 Nm. The Baleno is also offered with a high performance 1 liter turbo petrol engine (101 Bhp-150 Nm) in RS trim, and this variant will continue as well.