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Maruti Suzuki Baleno caught enroute Gurgaon

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Good one!

Maruti is slowly opening up a new segment for premium hatchbacks, which had flopped earlier in India. This would hopefully pave the way for some great European large hatches like the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30, etc.

As our market grows, customers will be more open to the idea of a large hatch, which is ideal as it gives the comfort of a sedan and the convenience of a large boot, rather than cling on to the idea that only a sedan can bring class or status.

The Indian road scene is a sea of hatchbacks, and someone would certainly think that "my car needs to be bigger and than the others"! I'm sure manufacturers are taking a serious note of the recent developments!

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a NEXA dealership has all but confirmed that the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno is due for its imminent launch in the country. Bimal NEXA, a premium Maruti Suzuki dealership in Bengaluru has listed the hatchback on its website with the ‘coming soon’ tag. The accompanying short description reads: “The road will never be the same as the most awaited hatchback is on its way. The premium hatchback is ready to hit the roads. This spacious and luxurious hatchback is powered with an unbeatable engine. Hold your breath and drive your dream car like never before!”

Codenamed as YRA and unveiled to the world at the just-concluded Frankfurt Motor Show, the Baleno hatch is 3995 mm long, 1745 mm wide and 1470 mm tall, theoretically lending it more interior room than its bestselling sibling, the Swift. The boot space is also larger, coming in at 355 litres. Exterior highlights include a V-shaped grille, upswept headlamp clusters featuring a L-shaped LED signature, a swooping roofline, blacked out A-pillars, a sharply raked rear screen, a chrome strip on the tail gate, LED tail lamps and 16-inch, 8-spoke alloy wheels.(source-motorodis)

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Launch for Baleno is already confirmed for 26-Oct.

After weird looking S-Cross and an absurd pricing, I feel this might just be the next big success for Maruti after Swift/Dzire.

But off-course, they need to price it right (probably in between i20 and Jazz).

But it's going to get more difficult for S-Cross as Baleno is going to slot below it.

S-Cross 1.6 was already not moving and now with Baleno also having 1.3 MJD, S-Cross 1.3 future also looks bleak to me.

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The all-new Maruti Baleno premium hatchback will be launched in India on October 26, and will be exclusively retailed through Maruti Suzuki’s “premium” NEXA outlets, alongside the S-Cross crossover. Bookings for the new Baleno have commenced, with the token amount being INR 25,000. Styled using Suzuki’s new “Liquid Flow” design philosophy, the new Baleno is based on a new generation platform. In India, it will be positioned above the Swift, and primarily compete against the Hyundai Elite i20. The new Maruti Baleno will be available in four variants, and two engine options.

Here are the variant specific details and features that the new Baleno will offer in India:

  • Sigma:
    • 2 airbags
    • ABS with EBD
    • Front power windows
    • Central locking
    • Tilt steering
    • Dual horn
    • Body colored bumpers
    • A/C with heater
    • Power steering
    • Blackened ABC pillars
    • HMSL (high mount stop lamp) and RCL (rear combination lamp) with LED
    • Gear shift indicator
    • Rear parcel tray
    • Front seatbelts with pretensioner & force limiter


    [*]Rear wiper with defogger

    [*]Auto HVAC (climatronic)

    [*]Electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators

    [*]Rear parking sensors

    [*]Steering mounted audio controls

    [*]HU with Bluetooth

    [*]60:40 split seat

    [*]Full wheel cover

    [*]Keyless entry

    [*]Power windows for all 4 doors

    [*]CVT gearbox

    [*]UV-cut glass

    [*]Telescopic steering

    [*]Leather wrapped gear knob and steering

    [*]LED DRLs

    [*]Auto IRVM

    [*]Auto headlights with follow-me-home function

    [*]Alloy wheels

    [*]Height adjustable driver seat

    [*]Keyless entry and go

    [*]Front fog lights

    [*]Projector headlights

    [*]Reverse parking camera

    [*]Co-driver vanity lamp

    [*]Touch screen audio with navigation and Apple Car Play



Engine options on offer for India will be the familiar 1.2-liter VVT petrol engine from the Swift, good for 85 PS @ 6000 rpm and 115Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm, along with the 1.3-liter DDis diesel engine, which makes 75 PS @ 4000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque @ 2000 rpm. Both engines will be clubbed to 5-speed manual transmission, while the petrol engine will also be offered with a CVT gearbox (only on the Delta variant).

the new Baleno measures 3,995mm long; 1,745mm wide; 1,470mm high, along with a wheelbase of 2,520mm. Ground clearance will be 180 mm, while the new Baleno will ride on 16″ wheels wrapped around 195/55/R16 tires for the Zetaand Alpha variants


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Reading the spec sheet of the Baleno is rather disappointing as it is using the same drivetrain as the Swift. They are not even giving it a six-speed transmission, which is kind of expected in a segment, presumably higher than the Swift. They should introduce the European 1.0 Litre Turbo Petrol engine to make it worthy of a higher price tag.

Half-hearted approach and inadequate market survey would lead to disasters, the way the S-Cross is heading. Just putting the cars in a swanky new showroom may not be enough. Well, can't blame Maruti Suzuki entirely, most manufacturers are taking advantage of the fact that our market is not mature as say, European markets. But some manufacturers like Hyundai have put their heart and soul into India, and they are surely reaping the benefits!

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