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Baleno: Maruti’s new offering in the hatchback range
Followed by S-Cross, Maruti's latest launch the Baleno will be the other model sold through the nextgen Nexa showroom.

With the festive season gearing, to compete with other brands the all new Baleno from Maruti Suzuki will have a tough time in the market as it faces stiff competition from Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo. With Hyundai i20 being the most preferred model followed by Jazz and Polo, Baleno stands apart with some special features. Luckily it has got some uniqueness. Followed by S-Cross, Baleno will be the other model sold through Nexa showroom.

Designed in the same Liquid Flow style, Baleno has fresh looking interior and a new infotainment system with rear parking camera display and Apple CarPlay. Most importantly, it is the only hatchback that comes with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and dual airbags as standard availability.

Coming to the engine, the 1.2-litre K series petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS DOHC engine that was used in Swift hatchback is used here. The petrol engine produces 84PS/115Nm with a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with an option of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) only in the Delta trim.

The diesel engine on the other hand produces 75PS/190Nm with a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.39kmpl, the highest in the segment. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission with no automatic gearbox, even as an option. The engine as of now doesn't come with the SHVS tech. The high-end variants are expected to have large alloy wheels, swooping roof and slightly rising window lines.

The petrol variants are priced between Rs 4.99 Lakh and Rs 7.01 Lakh while the diesel variants cost between Rs 6.16 Lakh and Rs 8.11 Lakh.

Built on an all-new platform and the car will be exclusively manufactured in India and is to be exported to over 100 countries. Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, UK… are some of the countries where Maruti is currently exporting. Anyhow exports for the month of September went down by 26.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, comparing it with Hyundai’s Elite i20, the petrol engine seems to be churning-out similar power. But by giving 355 Litre bootspace and a mileage of more than 21 kmpl, Baleno stands apart.

Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said: "Baleno is a real global model to satisfy our customers not only in India but also across global markets. I am excited that this model will be exported to Japan from India therefore opening a new chapter in the long history of Maruti Suzuki.”

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki launched a Sedan in the same name in 1999, but was discontinued due to limited success and was replaced with SX4. With all the unique features, one can expect Baleno to give a tough fight to other hatchbacks in the market.

Maruti Suzuki reported a profit jump of 42 per cent in the recent ended quarter. Profit growth was limited due to sharp rise in tax cost. With the festive season gearing, to compete with other brands the all new Baleno from Maruti Suzuki will have a tough time in the market as it faces stiff competition from Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo. With Hyundai i20 being the most preferred model followed by Jazz and Polo, Baleno stands apart with some special features. Luckily it has got some uniqueness. Followed by S-Cross, Baleno will be the other model sold through Nexa showroom.

Designed in the same Liquid Flow style, Baleno has fresh looking interior and a new infotainment system with rear parking camera display and Apple CarPlay. Most importantly, it is the only hatchback that comes with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and dual airbags as standard availability.

Coming to the engine, the 1.2-litre K series petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS DOHC engine that was used in Swift hatchback is used here. The petrol engine produces 84PS/115Nm with a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with an option of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) only in the Delta trim.

The diesel engine on the other hand produces 75PS/190Nm with a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.39kmpl, the highest in the segment. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission with no automatic gearbox, even as an option. The engine as of now doesn't come with the SHVS tech. The high-end variants are expected to have large alloy wheels, swooping roof and slightly rising window lines.

The petrol variants are priced between Rs 4.99 Lakh and Rs 7.01 Lakh while the diesel variants cost between Rs 6.16 Lakh and Rs 8.11 Lakh.

Built on an all-new platform and the car will be exclusively manufactured in India and is to be exported to over 100 countries. Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, UK… are some of the countries where Maruti is currently exporting. Anyhow exports for the month of September went down by 26.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, comparing it with Hyundai’s Elite i20, the petrol engine seems to be churning-out similar power. But by giving 355 Litre bootspace and a mileage of more than 21 kmpl, Baleno stands apart.

Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said: "Baleno is a real global model to satisfy our customers not only in India but also across global markets. I am excited that this model will be exported to Japan from India therefore opening a new chapter in the long history of Maruti Suzuki.”

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki launched a Sedan in the same name in 1999, but was discontinued due to limited success and was replaced with SX4. With all the unique features, one can expect Baleno to give a tough fight to other hatchbacks in the market.

Maruti Suzuki reported a profit jump of 42 per cent in the recent ended quarter. Profit growth was limited due to sharp rise in tax cost. 

 

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