Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview
Maruti Suzuki Baleno marks company’s entry in the premium hatchback space. It is the first ever product that is based on the Maruti Suzuki’s new fifth-generation platform, that makes the vehicle lighter and stronger as compared to other existing cars. Baleno hatch is placed above the Swift in the company’s line up. Though Maruti’s entry was a bit late, the carmaker has entered the segment with a bang. Its massive popularity helped it achieve the desired stand against the other rivals. The design, as well as the styling of the Baleno, is the best we have witnessed till date from the Maruti. Cabin too is quite impressive with a minimalistic design approach. Baleno is powered by the 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engines. Maruti also launched its new Baleno RS model that gets some tweaks to inner and outer profile. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Exterior
It actually looks stylish and has a lot of road presence. The front grille is unlike any other Suzuki model, making it very unique. The chrome outline runs from the grille upwards and integrates neatly into the headlamp. The lamp’s shape actually looks more like the Swift. This gives it a Swift-like face in the process. The lamp, however, houses a smart LED daytime running lamp and projector xenon lighting. The lights are very bright and ideal for driving in the dark. The front bumper is rounded but gets sharp detailing at the lip like in the Polo.
The sides make full use of the new Liquid Flow design concept. The curvy front fender and the bulge adds a lot of character while the shoulder line flows well from the fender all the way to the rear. The backed out A-pillar looks like the Swift but the rake angle is a lot more. The glass house area is large which, along with the 2,520mm wheelbase, makes the car look longer. 16-inch multi-spoke wheels look elegant and the lower profile tyres goes well with it. The lower variants get larger profile tyres mounted to 15-inch wheels. The windows get chrome outlining and the handles, like the competition, also get the chrome treatment.
The rear end is smart too. The smaller window and high bootlid elevate the overall presence. The LED lamps and rear spoiler add to the sportiness. Some variants also get a chrome lip spoiler that houses the reverse camera. Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a good looker and has what it takes to appeal to a lot of potential buyers.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Interior
The interior gets an all-black treatment with silver inserts like the Swift. The design is fresh and the flattish dashboard goes well with the design concept. The centre console looks modern and neatly houses the stereo and climate control switches. The instrument cluster is contemporary and the higher end models even feature a colour TFT multi information screen.
There are various animated graphics designed to offer real time fuel consumption and power output information too. The steering seems to be borrowed from the Ciaz and S-Cross and is good to grip. Steering controls are easily accessible and quite handy. Fit and finish is impressive and on par with rivals. There are enough storage spaces but space offered under the front armrest could have been better. The seats are firm and supportive and good for long drives too. The headrests too are firm while headroom is good even for tall drivers
Move to the rear and you will be impressed with the rear kneeroom. We couldn’t measure it but overall space is excellent. There is, however, no rear armrest while leather seats aren’t offered even as an option. Boot space isn’t highest in segment but more than sufficient at 339 litres. The loading lip is high and is further exaggerated since the boot itself is quite deep.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Engine
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is powered by two engine options – a 1,197 cc petrol and a 1,248 cc diesel. The petrol engine generates 83 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm whereas, the diesel produces 74hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. While the petrol engine is a smooth unit, the diesel is more fun to drive but can be loud as well.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol has two gearbox options, a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel, although, comes only with a 5-speed manual transmission. Gear changes on all the transmissions are seamless shifts and sorted gear-ratios ensure good drivability throughout the rev band, except lower engine speeds.Claimed mileage on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol is 21.4 km/l in both transmission options while on the diesel it’s 27.39 km/l.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rideing
Another highlight of the Baleno is its ride. The suspension is set up well for Indian roads. The car doesn’t crash into potholes or bad surfaces and instead, glides over them. There’s also 170mm of ground clearance. We drove over a few bad surfaces and never once did the belly scrape. The steering feel is a lot like the Swift. The electric setup is light at low speeds and weighs up slightly as speeds increase. There is body roll but is controlled and never a concern. High speed stability is impressive though. The new platform is lighter (kerb weight is just 865-910kg, depending on the variant) and more rigid than the Swift’s but that doesn’t make it a better handler. The Baleno is still a good choice when it comes to dynamics especially when compared to its rivals.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety
The braking system is too good for its job with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) ensuring better bite and quick stoppage. Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to the safety aspect can be seen in the fact that right from the base variant up to the top, each variant is loaded with dual airbags, ABS with EBD as standard fitment. Further, the top variants are equipped with pinch guard power window, front fog lamps, central locking, auto headlamps, rear defogger and rear parking sensors.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price in Mumbai
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 5,27,570/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to 8,46,177/- (Baleno Alpha CVT Petrol). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Baleno price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Verdict
Maruti Baleno is offered in four different variants- Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha. Looking at the pricing, its base model Sigma is tagged at Rs. 5.36 lakh for the petrol while its diesel base variant is available at the price tag of Rs. 6.51 lakh. Baleno’s Top-spec model Alpha is tagged at Rs. 8.41 lakh for petrol while the diesel is priced at Rs. 8.5 lakh. Its top-selling model Delta 1.3 is tagged at Rs. 7.17 lakh, all priced ex-showroom, New Delhi.In terms of safety, Maruti Baleno gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD as standard across the range. Other features included in the list are rear defogger, reverse parking sensors, anti-theft security system, front belts with pre-tensioners, auto dimming IRVM and driver side seat belt reminder.