Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno may have been around since October 2015, but there is no slowing down this premium hatchback. An absolute bestseller for Maruti, the Baleno has averaged sales of 17,000 units in the past six months alone. So I have to say there was clearly no pressing need to rush in a facelift – especially given Maruti’s usual lifecycles on ‘premium products’ (look at the Ciaz), and the fact that any new competition like the Kia Rio and Tata X451 for instance, are still far away.
The Baleno outsells the current rivals like the Hyundai i20 (average sales of 12,000 units/month), VW Polo (average sales of around 1400 units a month), and Honda Jazz (average sales of 1200 units/month) by many a mile. It was at the very end of the first month of this New Year, that Maruti Suzuki unleashed the facelifted Baleno on us. Yes it was through an innocuous press release, no big drives or launch events. But now that you get the context, you will understand why it was important to bring you this review – because we still think it is a very big deal.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Style
The highlighting feature of Maruti Suzuki Baleno cars is its sporty look. A glance at Baleno images shows a unique and extravagant appeal. Its wide stance makes it appear like a big car. However, it has modest specifications. The Baleno length is 3995mm whereas its width and height are 1745mm and 1510mm respectively. Its wheelbase of 2520mm makes Suzuki Baleno an extremely stable car. Baleno ground clearance of 170mm is better than that of other hatchbacks in its segment. It is not a high ground clearance, but can still sail over obstacles on the roads.Check for Maruti Suzuki Baleno price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.
Its angular headlights complement the beauty of this car. The robust grille with the Suzuki symbol presents an imposing sight. Some of its variants come with attached fog lamps whereas the base models have provisions for the same. Specific Baleno models come with black alloy wheels. However, the characteristic features present in all Baleno variants are LED rear combination lamps and rear parking assist sensors. Baleno comes in six beautiful colours, such as Magma Grey, Nexa Blue, Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver, Phoenix Red, and Autumn Orange.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Space
When you step into the cabin you will straightaway get the sense that it is new. It’s not just the layout, but it all looks a little more sophisticated now, in terms of colours materials and overall look. I do like the way it’s been put together, and then the big addition is the Smart Play studio. The interface on that touch screen is completely changed now. Yes we got it on the Wagon R first, but of all the Nexa products, the Baleno is the first one to get it.
It’s a big deal, because it’s a much nicer to use interface, it’s easier to read and the layout is much nicer too, (and like I said, we have shown it to you on the Wagon R, so I won’t go on about it). You can hear the system beeping when I touch, and of course it also gives you some interesting trip information like, fuel economy, driving range, etc. Nice graphics, different interface, and then of course, you’ve also got an update on the seat fabric, very Nexa again, it’s been finished in this sort of geometrical or diamond like pattern, in a nice dark blue.
In keeping with the appeal that Nexa products are meant to deliver – the cabin will come across as subtle, premium and overall a bit better finished than before. The new interface does help make the car appear a bit more contemporary, though remember that touchscreen is only available on the Zeta and Alpha – the top two trims. The same goes for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, as well as the SmartPlay Studio Navigation.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance
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. These impressive fuel efficiency figures make the Baleno a good option for daily commutes.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Driving
Maruti Baleno is an excellent car to handle because of its perfect balancing features even at reasonable speeds on highways. It does not wobble even when you drive it at speeds more than 130 kmph. Performance wise, it ranks right alongside its cousins, Maruti Swift and Dzire. Comparisons such as Baleno vs Swift or Baleno vs Dzire are common. On the performance and handling front, there is little to choose from these vehicles.To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Baleno check Trauma2011
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety
Baleno cars come with high-quality suspension, such as Macpherson Strut for the front wheels and Torsion Beam for the rear, to ensure that its passengers get an uneventful driving experience, even on bumpy countryside roads. Baleno tyre size of 195/55R16 is ideal for a hatchback of this size. Ventilated disc brakes on all wheels prevent skidding on slippery roads. A manual handbrake makes it possible for Baleno cars to remain stationary while parking as it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards.
All Baleno variants come with dual airbags for driver and front seat passenger. Rear sensors with camera allow you to park your Baleno without any problems. ABS and EBD provide incident-free braking as it prevents skidding of the wheels when you apply sudden brakes. An engine immobiliser system proves handy because no can operate the engine without inserting the vehicle’s keys into the ignition. Other safety features include child safety locks and a central locking system.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cost in Chennai
Maruti Suzuki Baleno On Road Price is 6,42,022/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,54,689/- in Chennai. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in 14 colours, namely Premium Urban Blue,Metalic Premium Silver,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue (RS),Autumn Orange (RS),Fire Red (RS),Granite Gray,Ray Blue,Premium Urban Blue (RS),Autumn Orange,Premium Silver (RS),Granite Gray (RS),Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White (RS). Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 83 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Conclusion
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a premium compact hatchback offering from the Indian carmaker. It is powered by two engine options – a 1,197 cc petrol engine and a 1,248 diesel engine. Power and torque generated by the petrol is 83 hp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm. For the diesel, it is 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Both engines come with their respective 5-speed manual transmissions and the petrol also has an option of a CVT automatic gearbox. Claimed fuel efficiency of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol is 21.4 km/l and that of the diesel is 27.39 km/l.
The premium hatchback is equipped with 185/65 section tyres on a 15-inch steel rim, while the 16-inch alloy has 195/55 section tyres. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno measures 3,995 mm in length, is 1,745 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall. Considering the length and wheelbase of 2,520 mm, there is ample cabin space for four adults and there is a decent boot space of 339 litres with the rear seat in upright position.