We informed you earlier that Maruti is working the updated version of the Baleno hatchback, which will be launched in the first half of 2019. If latest media report is to be believed, the Baleno facelift will go on sale by June 2019. The report further suggests that the hatchback will retain the current model’s engine mechanics. It will receive cosmetic changes and feature additions.
Maruti is yet to start testing the hatchback on the roads, which suggest that the model could come with minor design changes. The hatchback is most likely to receive a range of new features to compete well against the loaded Hyundai i20. The Baleno facelift is available with 3 engine options – 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol, 1.2-litre K-Series petrol & a 1.3-litre diesel engine. While the Boosterjet engine is capable of producing 100.3bhp of power and 150Nm of torque, the 1.2L unit offers 83bhp and 113Nm. Also See – 3 New Maruti Vitara Brezza Rivals Coming Within 1 Year
The oil burner is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is being offered as standard, while a CVT unit comes with 1.2L petrol unit as optional. Few media reports claim that Maruti is working on a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which will replace the current 1.3L engine in late 2019 or 2020. Since 1.3L diesel engine will phase out from April 2020, it is expected that the Baleno facelift will also receive this engine on a later stage. Read – New ZEN To Ertiga – 6 New Maruti Cars Launching Within 1 Year
The hatchback is based on the light-weight HEARTECT platform, which is not likely to see any major changes. All models will get dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts and seatbelt reminder as standard safety features.
Source – CarDekho