Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

Maruti Suzuki Baleno marks company’s entry in the premium hatchback space. It is the first ever product that is based on the Maruti Suzuki’s new fifth-generation platform, that makes the vehicle lighter and stronger as compared to other existing cars. Baleno hatch is placed above the Swift in the company’s line up. Though Maruti’s entry was a bit late, the carmaker has entered the segment with a bang. Its massive popularity helped it achieve the desired stand against the other rivals. The design, as well as the styling of the Baleno, is the best we have witnessed till date from the Maruti. Cabin too is quite impressive with a minimalistic design approach. Baleno is powered by the 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engines. Maruti also launched its new Baleno RS model that gets some tweaks to inner and outer profile. Maruti Suzuki Baleno in Tryaldrive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Design & Style

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift images reveal that the hatchback has taken the unique and extravagant appeal of its prior models to the next level. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift exterior comes with a sporty and elegant front fascia coupled with a wider stance. The 3D dynamic new grille with micro detailing aggravates the general boldness of this beauty. The striking change in the Baleno Facelift 2019 is for sure the latest precisely cut and smoked dual-tone 16” alloy wheels that marvellously complements its embracing character overall.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin & Comfort

While stepping inside you will feel you are sitting in a Maruti car, albeit in a modern lavish cabin. The interiors are dressed in an all-black colour scheme with dull-silver accents elating the spirit of the cabin. The driver interface is top notch with the instrument cluster incorporating backlit blue speedo console with multi-information display which not only showcases real-time fuel consumption and driving time but also the power and torque figures. Baleno is fully equipped with modern tech and features a 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with navigation, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Other comfy features include auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, 60:40 rear seat split, push-button start, and automatic climate control. As expected in under 4-meter segment like this, the cabin is roomy with a great deal of space at the rear too. The enormous boot of 339-litre is just below Honda Jazz and can gulp large suitcases with ease.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Engine & Gearbox

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is powered by two engine options – a 1,197 cc petrol and a 1,248 cc diesel. The petrol engine generates 83 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm whereas, the diesel produces 74hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. While the petrol engine is a smooth unit, the diesel is more fun to drive but can be loud as well.The Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol has two gearbox options, a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel, although, comes only with a 5-speed manual transmission. Gear changes on all the transmissions are seamless shifts and sorted gear-ratios ensure good drivability throughout the rev band, except lower engine speeds.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno mileage according to the ARAI mileage certification touches 13 kmpl in the city and 16 kmpl on the highways for the petrol variant, and 16 kmpl in city streets and 22 kmpl on the highways as far as the diesel model is concerned. Where the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift automatic variant CVT is concerned, it returns an acclaimed mileage of 11 kmpl in the city streets and 14 kmpl on the highways.\

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Driving Dynamics

Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2019 has the potential to be the best in the premium hatchback segment. Moreover, the HEARTECT platform ensures superior performance while the McPherson strut suspension and ground clearance of 170 mm ensure smooth handling of this beauty on the roads.The dynamic prowess of the car comes from the finely tuned suspension. The ride quality is quite permeable and the suspension set-up bumps off the bad roads, producing no annoying sounds. At low speeds, one will find that the cabin is quite comfortable with no jiggles.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety & security

For the first time, Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift features the revolutionary “HEARTECT” platform and assures extra safety for its passengers. The high tensile steel present in Baleno helps in improving the overall safety by making the body much stronger and rigid. The front disc brakes and the rear drum brakes provide stopping power to its axles.

The safety features of the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno include ABS with EBD, dual airbags, pre-tensioner, ISOFIX child restraint system, speed alert system, brake assist and force limiter seatbelts with reminder, and rear parking sensors come standard across all variants. The new Baleno 2019 complies with side crash, offset and pedestrian safety norms and regulations.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,40,432/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to 8,60,289/- (Baleno Alpha CVT Petrol). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Baleno price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Verdict

The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno with lucrative safety features, better exterior design and an upgraded CVT transmission is definitely worth every penny. Thereby, it gives a very tough competition to its rivals in the same segment.Maruti Baleno is offered in four different variants- Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha. Looking at the pricing, its base model Sigma is tagged at Rs. 5.36 lakh for the petrol while its diesel base variant is available at the price tag of Rs. 6.51 lakh. Baleno’s Top-spec model Alpha is tagged at Rs. 8.41 lakh for petrol while the diesel is priced at Rs. 8.5 lakh. Its top-selling model Delta 1.3 is tagged at Rs. 7.17 lakh, all priced ex-showroom, New Delhi.


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