After the GST, the pricing of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno starts from Rs 5.26 lakh to Rs 8.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India).
Maruti Suzuki’s highly popular Baleno hatchback has received a new Alpha CVT variant priced at Rs 8.34 lakh (ex-showroom). Till now, the CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit was available only on the mid-level Delta and Zeta trims of the carline. The Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT comes loaded with all the comfort and safety features that are standard on the range-topping variant including smartphone linkage Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. In MSIL’s Indian portfolio, the Maruti Baleno 2017, Ciaz sedan and Ertiga MPV are available with CVT automatic gearbox options. While the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Alto K10, Celerio and WagonR come with Auto Gear Shift.
Commanding massive popularity in the segment, Baleno recently crossed the 2-lakh unit sales milestone. Interestingly, it achieved the landmark in just 20 months within its launch in India. With an average of monthly sales of 16,000 (in the last three months), the hatchback commands a waiting period of 20 to 21 weeks on select variants. In December last year, Maruti Suzuki India introduced ISOFIX mounts on the hatchback that are being offered as standard across line-up. While the company was rumoured to be working on a SHVS variant, it seems that with the increased cess on hybrids, it may drop the plan.
With the implementation of the GST, the 2017 Maruti Baleno’s prices dropped by up to Rs 13,100. Prior to the new taxation system, the Baleno prices fell in the range of Rs 5.28 lakh to Rs 8.43 lakh, whereas the GST pricing of the hatchback starts from Rs 5.26 lakh to Rs 8.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India). Launched in 2015, the hatchback recently received a sportier variant in the line-up dubbed Baleno RS. With a more powerful engine and subtle cosmetic changes, the Maruti Baleno RS is positioned above the top-spec trim in the carline. As for the prices of the RS version, it has been dropped by Rs 32,000, bringing it down from the previous Rs 8.69 lakh to Rs 8.37 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Pan India).
|Variants||(ex-showroom, Pan India)|
|Delta Petrol||Rs 5,26,374|
|Alpha Petrol||Rs 5,97,778|
|Zeta Petrol||Rs 6,58,272|
|Delta CVT Petrol||Rs 7,02,597|
|Alpha MT Petrol||Rs 7,28,843|
|Zeta CVT Petrol||Rs 7,63,481|
|Alpha CVT Petrol||Rs 8,34,052|
|RS Version Petrol||Rs 8,37,885|
Post GST, the Baleno becomes cheaper by up to Rs 2000 with the base trim priced at Rs 5.26 lakh and the top-spec petrol trim at Rs 7.63 lakh. The diesel range in the line-up falls between Rs 6.44 lakh to Rs 8.43 lakh, whereas the more powerful RS petrol version is cheaper by Rs 32,000 at Rs 8.37 lakh.
|Engine||1.2-liter VVT petrol|
|Maximum Power||84bhp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||115 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Engine||1.3-liter DDiS diesel|
|Maximum Power||73.9bhp @ 4,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
Engine setup for the Maruti Baleno 2017 include a 1.2 litre, K-Series, DOHC petrol and the Fiat-sourced, 1.3 litre Multijet diesel unit. The petrol mill makes power worth 83bhp at 6000rpm against 115Nm of torque at 4000rpm, and the diesel motor is capable of developing a top power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and 190Nm at 2000rpm. All variants of the hatchback get a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The company recently introduced a new Alpha CVT trim to the carline. Earlier it was available only on the Delta and Zeta petrol variants. Read More About – 2017 Maruti Swift | 2017 Maruti Dzire
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Baleno beats all its rivals. The hatchback is also among the highest mileage-giving cars in the country. Maruti claims that the petrol version of the car returns an impressive mileage of 21.4kmpl (ARAI-certified), and the diesel version delivers 27.39kmpl. Photo Gallery – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Maruti’s premium hatchback comes in a choice of seven paint jobs – Fire Red, Premium Urban Blue, Premium Silver, Autumn Orange, Ray Blue, Pearl Arctic white and Granite Grey.
Sigma: Gear shift indicator, front power windows, tilt steering, central locking, dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
Delta (+ Sigma Features) : Electrically-adjustable and folding wing mirrors with turn signals, Bluetooth, automatic AC, rear wiper and defogger, steering mounted audio controls, power windows for all doors, 60:40 split seat, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, and an optional CVT variant
Zeta (+Delta Features) : Automatic day/night internal rear view mirror, foglights, alloy wheels, UV-cut glass, telescopic steering, automatic headlights with follow-me home, height-adjustable driver seat, leather-wrapped steering and gear knob and keyless entry and go
Alpha (+Zeta Features) : Projector headlights, touchscreen SmartPlay system, reverse parking camera, LED daytime running lights
Maruti Suzuki Baleno is, undoubtedly, the best-looking car in its segment. Attributes that further add to its value quotient are its feature-loaded interior, cabin comfort and efficient engine lineup. Besides this, what makes it more desirable among buyers is its affordable pricing even when compared to its competitors. With all these merits, Maruti’s premium hatchback takes on the Volkswagen Polo, 2017 Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz that will soon receive its first facelift. Read – New-gen Maruti Alto in the Works
Underpinning Suzuki’s new-generation platform, Maruti Suzuki’s all-new hatchback is light, stiff and quite frugal in nature. Visually, the premium hatchback shares a strong resemblance with the iK-2 concept, which broke cover in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. At the front fascia, the Maruti Baleno features a V-shaped grille tinted by a strip of chrome which runs into the swept-back head-lamp units. Under the grille lies a sporty looking sculpted front-bumper and projector headlights with follow-me-home. The car has electric folding ORVMs with turn indicators, chrome door handles and alloy wheels.
Features such as projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloys with 195/55 R16 tyres are reserved for the top-spec trim. The lower variant comes fitted with 15-inch wheels and 185/65 R15 front and rear tyres. Other key highlights include a sloping roof, wraparound windows, and a sporty rear. With 3995mm length, 1745mm width and 1500mm height, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a bigger hatch than the Swift. It has a wheelbase of 2,520mm. With a ground clearance of 170mm, the hatchback is claimed to tackle all sorts of Indian terrains. Read – Maruti Ignis – All You Need To Know
Positioned above the Swift, the Maruti Baleno is more feature-rich, spacious and upmarket than its younger sibling. The neatly-designed dashboard and silver accents on the centre console give it a premium feel. The car’s top-end petrol and diesel variants come with the first-in-class 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system – Apple CarPlay. While the base variant misses out on Apple CarPlay or TFT cluster, touchscreen display, chrome handles, DRLs and alloy wheels. The Baleno is one of the well-equipped cars in its segment that comes loaded with remote keyless entry, front/rear power windows, auto-up power window for driver, telescopic steering with tilt function, adjustable head rests in front/rear, automatic AC, height adjuster for driver’s seat, socket in front/rear and push start/stop with smart key. Read – 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift – What to Expect
The cabin of Maruti Baleno is well illuminated. It has multi-information speedometer display with colour TFT. Thanks to its 2520mm wheelbase, the vehicle offers quite a spacious cabin to all 5 occupants. The thigh support is good and there is plenty of leg room for the passengers seated at the back. The presence of contemporary features has made other things looks go away with which Maruti has made some compromise like buttons with ordinary plastic material. With a boot size of 339 litre, the hatchback offers plenty of space to carry luggage.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with a host of safety features such as dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), anti-theft security system, front disc brakes, dual horn, headlamp leveling, front seat-belt pre-tensioners and force limiters and driver seat belt reminder. So it’s a good news for people who always had a problem with Maruti Suzuki cars not coming with enough standard safety features.
Just so you know, both of its closest rivals – Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz – don’t offer these features as standard. The Baleno’s top-model, additionally, gets reverse parking sensor, reverse parking camera, rear defogger, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, auto diming IRVM, rear wiper and washer and rear defogger.
|Ground Clearance (mm)||170|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||880 (petrol) – 970 (diesel)|
|Seating Capacity||5 passengers|
|Turning radius||4.9 metre|
Front – McPherson strut
Rear – Torsion beam
Tyre Size – 185 / 65 R15
Things you will like:
Plenty of space
Feature loaded interior
Things you won’t:
Quality of plastic
Alloy wheel design no up to the mark
Though this premium hatchback is already a good looking car, the company is offering several accessories to further enhance its look. Here’s a complete list of accessories –
• ORVM garnish
• Roof luggage carrier
• Mud flap
• Alloy wheels
• Door visor
• Underbody spoiler – front, side and rear
• Front armrest cushions
• Mobile charger
• Seat covers
• Floor mats
• Head Up Display
• Garmin Navigation Device 5-inch (2568 – LM and 2567 – LM models)
• Garmin Navigation Device NUVI series (4.3-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch models)
• Kenwood, JVC and XAV music players
• ECX, ESX, HCX and HSK speakers and sub-woofers
• HCP amplifiers
• Car handsfree kits 104, 211, 311 and 414 models
• Gear lock
• Child seat small and big
• Xtreme vision halogen bulb
• Interior light kit
• Mobile holder
• Power socket in luggage room
• Glovebox lamp
• USB charger
• Multipurpose safety tool
• Cool/Warm box – 8 litres
The Baleno isn't only the best-looking premium hatchback from Maruti, but the most frugal and feature-loaded car in its segment as well.