Maruti Suzuki sold around 75% of the Baleno petrol and only 25% (approx.) of the diesel variants so far.
Achieving yet another sales milestone, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno has crossed the 2 lakh sales figure within 20 months of its launch. The Indo-Japanese carmaker sold 197,660 units of the premium hatchback till 17th May 2017. With an average monthly sales of over 16,000 (in the last three months), the Maruti Baleno currently commands a waiting period of 20-21 weeks on select variants in different regions. Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant is the only production hub for the hatchback that also serves overseas markets such as U.K, UAE, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Japan and more. Interestingly, the Indo-Japanese carmaker sold around 75% of the Baleno petrol and only 25% (approx.) of the diesel variants so far. These sales figures do not count the performance version of the hatchback – Baleno RS, which was launched a few months ago.
With an aim to make the Baleno BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) compliant, the company introduced ISOFIX mounts as standard safety fitment on the hatchback in December 2016. Recently, Maruti Suzuki also entered the hot-hatch segment with the performance version of the Baleno – the Baleno RS. Reports suggest that the Indo-Japanese carmaker is also working on the SHVS version of the car. However, there is a possibility that the carmaker might drop this idea as the FAME benefits that were offered on mild-hybrid vehicles have now been dropped.
|Sigma Petrol||Rs 5.28 lakh|
|Delta Petrol||Rs 5.98 lakh|
|Alpha Petrol||Rs 7.29 lakh|
|Delta (AT) Petrol||Rs 7.04 lakh|
|Zeta (AT) Petrol||Rs 7.65 lakh|
|Sigma Diesel||Rs 6.44 lakh|
|Delta Diesel||Rs 7.11 lakh|
|Zeta Diesel||Rs 7.72 lakh|
|Alpha Diesel||Rs 8.43 lakh|
In terms of pricing, the Maruti Baleno is more affordable than its arch rival – Hyundai i20. While the prices of the petrol variants start from Rs 5.28 lakh and go up to 7.65 lakh, the diesel variants are priced between Rs 6.44 lakh – Rs 8.43 lakh. Aforementioned prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
|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|
Currently, the Maruti Baleno 2017 is available with two powertain options – a 1.2 litre, K-Series, DOHC petrol and the Fiat-sourced, 1.3 litre Multijet diesel unit. The gasoline motor churns out a top power of 83bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4000rpm, and the oil burner generates power worth 74bhp at 4000rpm against 190Nm at 2000rpm. The conventional 5-speed manual gearbox comes as standard across the carline. While, the CVT automatic unit is offered only on the Delta and Zeta petrol variants. Read More About – 2017 Maruti Swift | 2017 Maruti Dzire
On the fuel efficiency front, the Baleno beats all its rivals. The hatchback is also among the highest mileage-giving cars in the country. The petrol version of the car gives 21.4kmpl (ARAI-certified), while the diesel version returns a claimed mileage of 27.39kmpl. Photo Gallery – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Maruti Suzuki offers seven colour options with its premium hatchback – 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. Furthermore, the car offers a 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
Designed 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 broke cover in 2015 at the 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.
The range-topping variant is exclusively available with projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloys with 195/55 R16 tyres. The lower variants are assembled 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. Read – Maruti Ignis – All You Need To Know
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 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.