The Maruti Baleno facelift will go on sale in the first quarter of 2019.
Suzuki had introduced the Baleno hatchback in 2015. This model was first previewed as the iK-2 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, while the production model was unveiled in Frankfurt. The current model was first launched in India in October 2015. The Baleno has received an overwhelming response from customers and is currently the top-selling model in its category. In order to further boost sales, Maruti Suzuki is planning a mid-life facelift in the market. The 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift is most likely to go on sale in India in the Q1, 2019, followed by Japan and other markets.
The upcoming Baleno facelift will keep the sales momentum, as the next-gen model will come in 2021. In terms of styling updates, the 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift will get a thoroughly revised front fascia. It will get a new prominent grille, revised headlamps, bumpers, new tail-lights, new body graphics & new alloys. Inside the cabin, the Baleno facelift is likely to get new colour scheme, revised dashboard and an upgraded SmartPlay infotainment system.
Mechanically, the Baleno facelift is expected to remain unchanged. However, Maruti is working on an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine which is also expected to power the Baleno in future. However, the facelifted model will have the existing 1.3-litre DDiS unit at the time of the launch. The bigger capacity engine is expected to arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. The gasoline version will continue with existing engine lineup – 1.2-litre K-Series and a 1.0-litre Boosterjet. Read – New Maruti Baleno, WagonR, Alto & Swift Launch Details Revealed
2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Launch Date
Media reports claim that the new Baleno facelift will first go on sale in the Indian market in Q1, 2019. Though Maruti Suzuki is yet to announce the exact launch date, we believe that a possible launch in March 2019 can’t be ignored. We will update you as soon as Maruti Suzuki announces anything on the same.
2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Price
With added features and new in-car tech, the new Baleno is expected to be priced slightly more than the current car. The current model is priced in the range of Rs 5.48 lakh – Rs 8.64 lakh. We believe that the next model could cost between Rs 5.75 lakh and Rs 9 lakh. Also See – Upcoming Maruti Baleno Facelift – What To Expect?
2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Specifications
In terms of mechanics, the Baleno facelift is expected to remain unchanged. It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre K-Series, DOHC petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. While the former is capable of producing 83bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, the oil burner is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Five-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard. There will be CVT gearbox on offer with petrol version only. The diesel engine could be fitted to an AMT gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki is also working on a more powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine, which will also power the Baleno, Ertiga and S-Cross. However, this engine will only come in late 2019 or early 2020. The RS version will continue to feature the existing 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine that is tuned to offer 100.5bhp of power and 150Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels of the car via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Also See – Maruti Suzuki Baleno & Vitara Brezza Hybrid Models Under Development
2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Mileage
The current Baleno is already the most fuel efficient premium hatchback currently on sale in India. The facelifted model is expected to retain the same mileage numbers. The current car returns 21.4kmpl and 27.39kmpl in petrol and diesel respectively. In fact, the Baleno RS hot hatch is claimed to have an ARAI certified fuel economy of 21.1kmpl.
2019 Maruti Baleno KEY FEATURES
New 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Multi-functional steering wheel
Remote keyless entry
Push start/stop with smart key
Roof mounted spoiler
New alloy wheels
Reverse parking camera
ABS with EBD and brake assist
2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Dimensions
It is highly unlikely that Maruti will make any changes to the dimensions of the Baleno. However, addition of new bumpers could alter the length of the facelifted model. The current model measures 3,995mm in length, 1,745mm in width and 1,500mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,520mm. This premium hatchback has a ground clearance of 170mm, and offers a boot space of 339-litres.
2019 Maruti Baleno Exterior & Interior
The overall silhouette and profile of the Baleno hatchback is expected to remain the same. Similar to the S-Cross facelift, the 2019 Maruti Baleno could get a new prominent front grille with chrome enhancement, slightly revised headlights and a re-profiled bumper. Besides, the hatchback is expected to get new taillight graphics, roof mounted spoiler and revised rear bumper. The company could offer newly designed alloy wheels. Read – Tata Nexon Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza – Which One Makes More Sense?
The cabin of the car is also likely to receive slight changes in the form of new upholstery for seats and other body parts and new interior colour scheme. It could also get an updated Smartplay infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a revised MID.
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