Maruti Baleno bookings now open; launching on 26th October
Slated to launch on October 26th, Maruti Suzuki India’s highly anticipated premium hatchback Baleno is now open for bookings across Nexa showrooms for a token amount of Rs 25,000. In MSI’s portfolio, the Baleno hatchback will be positioned above the flagship model Swift, rivalling competitors like the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and the new Honda Jazz.
Maruti Suzuki is bringing back the Baleno moniker with the new hatchback which was earlier used for a mid-sized sedan phased out long ago. Measuring 3,995 mm long, 1,745 mm wide and 1,500 mm high, the premium hatchback seems to be a relatively large offering. While the 2,520 mm wheelbase hints at a lavish cabin space inside.
Expected to be available in four trim levels (Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha), this B segment hatchback will be equipped with features such as ABS, EBD and front airbags for the driver and co-passenger as standard fitments. The top-spec ‘Alpha’ variant is likely to sport equipment’s such as reverse camera, projector headlights and Maruti’s touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system & navigation console.
Under the hood, expect a 1.2 litre K-Series petrol motor with an optional CVT tranny on the ‘Delta’ trim and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel powertrain banging out 75 PS of power and 190 Nm of twisting force is expected to power the diesel variants.