Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price in India

 

       Maruti Suzuki Baleno is back. And this time the Baleno nametag

will be seen on the boot of a new hatchback, unlike the previous model

which was a Honda City-rivalling executive sedan. Maruti has been

losing potential car buyers who, having no choice from Maruti,

upgraded from the Swift to Hyundai’s hugely successful Elite i20. Now

with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the company has its eyes firmly on the

premium hatchback segment. This will be the second product to be sold

from the Maruti’s exclusive Nexa Experience showrooms which currently

sell the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.

 

      Lighting up the midnight sky with a spectacular display of

firecrackers at a grand event in Jaipur, Maruti Suzuki officially

opened bookings for the Baleno nationwide, with the official launch

slated for October 26. Since the Baleno will be made in India, the new

Maruti hatchback will first be sold in the Indian market, and would be

later exported to over 100 international markets. So, we’re here in

the Pink City driving the new car, much before international media

gets their hands on it. A good feeling, this.

 

INTERIORS

 

         An all new platform underpins the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The interior also

are brand new and unseen on any Maruti car before. The Maruti Baleno

is all about freshness, style and trend. The interior impresses and it

stands out with respect to competition. Though the layout is sporty,

one can’t sat the same about the quality. It has the same steering

wheel with an all new TFT screen with two dials for the instrument

cluster. Then there is also a large touchscreen system with Apple

CarPlay. The AC vents are vertical. The all black dashboard makes it

look sporty.

 

       There is ample space inside the car, including leg room, knee

room and head room. The boot has a capacity of 339 litres is more than

sufficient to carry luggage for your weekend trips. The Baleno comes

with dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature across all variants.

There are no rear AC vents, which a disappointment. It is becoming an

increasingly importVant feature.

 

EXTERIOR

 

         Looks are subjective but Suzuki had made a new design that

will be a part of its design language. The Baleno has a black mesh

grille with somewhat Swift-like headlamp design. The LEDs add that

pinch of extra flavour else without it does look a tad bland. This is

the only premium hatchback to get LEDs, while the Hyundai i20 and the

Honda Jazz do not get this in their headlamps

 

         The side profile has a rising belt line for the wheel arches

and then there is also a blacked-out pillars. The 16-inch tyres look a

bit smaller, indicating that larger size tyres can be used on this

premium hatchback. The rear does look stunning with the C-shaped tail

lamps that look fabulous. The integrated rear spoiler looks sporty.

 

ENGINE

 

          Powering the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is a new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder

direct injection turbocharged petrol motor that produces 100 HP of

power at 5500 RPM and 150 Nm of torque at 1700-4500 RPM. Maruti claims

that the BoosterJet engine produces 20 percent more power and 30

percent more torque compared to a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol

engine. Low end torque delivery is quite good and this means you can

reduce the number of gearshifts in city traffic. The performance is

peppy and quite linear. The NVH is excellent for a 3-cylinder engine.

It is a free revving engine redlining at 6000 RPM. At the back

straight of the BIC the Baleno RS topped at 170 km/hr in the fourth

gear.

 

SAFETY

 

         The Baleno RS has been launched as a single variant (Alpha).

It is equipped with dual airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and

force limiters, disc brakes in all wheels, ABS with EBD, and has

ISOFIX child-seat restrain anchorages. Driver seatbelt reminder buzzer

with lamp and rear parking sensors with camera are among the other

safety features.

 

DRIVING

 

         The Baleno is lighter than the Swift due to a new platform

and while the lightness is a boon, it’s not at the cost of rigidity as

the new platform is 10% stronger. This Maruti has been softly sprung

(remember, this car is made to please those who find something lacking

in the Swift) and comfort is what the Baleno is aimed at. Thus the

ride quality is excellent and the car absorbs almost everything in its

stride, save for sharper bumps. Even on bad roads, there is little

noise which is transmitted to the cabin, the suspension working

silently to iron out bad tarmac. But out on the highway, road and tyre

noise does get inside the cabin and in the case of the diesel, the

engine’s drone further makes things noisy

 

       The top-spec model rides on lower profile, 16-inch wheels

while the lower models with higher profile 15-inch rubber is even

better in the ride quality department. The Maruti Baleno features a

long wheelbase which does help in giving the hatchback very good high

speed stability. The handling is good and body control is excellent

too, although not in the same league of the sportier Swift. What is

really impressive is the steering wheel that weighs up quite well at

speed and is quite quick too, feel and feedback being good enough to

put a big smile on the driver’s face. Braking performance left us a

bit disappointed as the Baleno doesn’t inspire confidence to brake

hard and even though it’s light, the car feels a bit twitchy under

hard braking, the lower trims more so with the 15-inch MRF ZVTV rubber

lacking grip. The top-end model using 16-inch wheels gets Apollo Alnac

4G tyres which offer much better grip than the MRFs.

 

CONCLUSION

 

         The Baleno is based on the new, Suzuki fifth-generation

platform that is lighter, rigid and safer. Designs are subjective and

the Baleno doesn’t top the list when it comes to styling, but what it

gets is a complete package from the country’s best-selling car maker.

The interior quality, the space and the drivability is one of the best

in its segment. Maruti is ticking all the correct boxes with the

Baleno and this is what the customers need. This is the new-generation

Maruti and it stands strong, sending a signal to the competition that

it is not going to stay quiet and it will not give up its market

share. It is there to lead and hold on its market share. The Baleno is

the first one and many more are coming in.

 

          Maruti Suzuki is once again flexing its muscles with the

Baleno and this is the segment that is already on a rise. The brand

value adds on to it and it makes it a great option to buy, especially

the petrol. Once the price tags are revealed that is when we can give

a clear opinion. The only think that will stop buyers from getting a

Baleno is the badge value that Maruti Suzuki holds in the premium

segment at the moment in the premium segmen.

 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,28,280/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to  8,43,716/- (Baleno Alpha Diesel) .Maruti Suzuki Baleno has 10 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in 14 colours, namely Premium Urban Blue,Metalic Premium Silver,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue (RS),Autumn Orange (RS),Fire Red (RS),Granite Gray,Ray Blue,Premium Urban Blue (RS),Autumn Orange,Premium Silver (RS),Granite Gray (RS),Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White (RS).

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