In less than an year’s time, over 1 lakh units of Maruti Suzuki Baleno have been sold in the country. The vehicle was launched in October, 2015.
October 4, 2016 – Maruti Suzuki India’s first ever premium hatchback, Baleno, is a huge hit in the Indian market. Since its launch in October 2015, over 1 lakh units of the car have been sold in the domestic market. Maruti Baleno was the company’s second product, after the S-Cross, to be sold through MSI’s premium dealership range NEXA. Besides over 1 lakh domestic sales units, the company has exported a total of 33,800 Balenos across the world including Japan and Europe. The Indo-Japanese carmaker has plans to export the car to 100 international markets from India.
Maruti Suzuki’s Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Mr. R S Kalsi, said, “Baleno is one of the big success stories of the Indian auto industry. Baleno carries our new design philosophy and is equipped with several high-end features and technologies like Apple CarPlay that have attracted young customers. Our engineers have ensured that built on an innovative new platform, Baleno offers superior ride and handling, besides best-in-class fuel efficiency. Safety features like dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard in Baleno – another first for this segment. It is truly a symbol of Make-in-India.”
Rise in demand for the Baleno has also resulted into increase in its waiting period. Some of its variants currently hold the waiting period of over 6 months. In a bid to deliver maximum vehicles during the festive season and bring down the overall waiting period, the company has optimised its production.
Maruti Suzuki will start its new production facility in Sanand, Gujarat in the first quarter of 2017. The Baleno will be the first product to be manufactured in this facility. If reports are to be believed, the petrol version of the premium hatchback contributes around 70 per cent in the total sales.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker recently introduced an automatic transmission on the Maruti Baleno Zeta petrol variant. Priced at Rs. 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Maruti Baleno Zeta petrol comes as an option for buyers who want hassle-free city drivability with additional comfort of the hatchback’s top-variant. Now, the automatic transmission (CVT) options are available on Delta and Zeta trims of the Baleno petrol.
|Variants||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Sigma Petrol (MT)||Rs. 5.24 lakh|
|Delta Petrol (MT)||Rs. 5.90 lakh|
|Delta Petrol CVT||Rs. 6.96 lakh|
|Zeta Petrol (MT)||Rs. 6.50 lakh|
|Zeta Petrol (AT)||Rs. 7.57 lakh|
|Alpha Petrol (MT)||Rs. 7.21 lakh|
|Sigma Diesel (MT)||Rs. 6.36 lakh|
|Delta Diesel (MT)||Rs. 7.02 lakh|
|Zeta Diesel (MT)||Rs. 7.63 lakh|
|Alpha Diesel (MT)||Rs. 8.35 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|
The Maruti Baleno 2016 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. Power for the Baleno petrol comes from a 1.2 litre, K-Series, DOHC petrol engine that develops 83bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variants feature the Fiat-sourced, 1.3 litre multijet engine. This powertrain develops 74bhp at 4000rpm and 190 Nm at 2000rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission comes as standard, while a CVT automatic is available only with the Delta and Zeta petrol variants.
The ARAI-certified mileage figure for the Baleno petrol is 21.4kmpl, while the diesel version returns 27.39kmpl. This not only makes it the most fuel-efficient car in its league, but also one of the highest mileage-giving cars in the country currently.
The Maruti Baleno comes in a choice of 7 colour schemes – Fire Red, Premium Urban Blue, Premium Silver, Autumn Orange, Ray Blue, Pearl Arctic white and Granite Grey.
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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
While the base model of the Maruti Baleno is priced at Rs. 5.24 lakh, the top-end variant costs Rs. 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Being up to Rs. 40,000 cheaper than its competitors, Maruti’s premium hatchback rivals the Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo.
Honda Jazz – Rs 5.5 to 8.93 lakh
Hyundai Elite i20 – Rs 5.54 to 8.80 lakh
Volkswagen Polo – Rs 5.38 to 9.09 lakh
Based on Suzuki’s new-generation platform, Maruti Suzuki’s all-new hatchback is light yet stiff. The premium hatchback looks largely similar to the iK-2 concept, which was first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Upfront, 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 like projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloys with 195/55 R16 tyres are exclusively offered on the top-ranging model of the hatchback. Whereas, the lower variants are fitted with 15-inch wheels and 185/65 R15 front and rear tyres. Other design 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.
Since the Maruti Baleno is positioned above the Swift, it is more feature-rich, spacious and upmarket than its 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 is devoid of 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.
The Maruti Baleno offers a boot capacity of 339-liters.
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 luggages.
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
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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