We do a quick review and tell you all that you need to know about the latest launch from the Maruti Suzuki Nexa, the Baleno. Read till the end to know all about the Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2022.
The all-new Baleno receives an updated styling inside-out, in contrast with the previous generation. The exterior aesthetics continues with the liquid flow design, similar to the previous generation. What’s new upfront, is the wider honeycomb grille, which the brand calls ‘NEX-Wave’ design. The newly crafted grille along with the accentuated chrome strips gives the Baleno a wider look upfront. The headlamps are now wider than before, they’re blacked out for a sportier look and the DRLs are now brighter along with an upgraded projector setup.
The main highlighting changes in the new Baleno are the 16’’ precision cut alloy wheels, which get a dual-tone design, highlighting the angular cuts of the new alloy wheels. The side profile remains unchanged, with no major changes in the flowing design language of the hatchback. The rear-end, however, looks heavily updated just like the front, with the new LED tail lamp being the highlight. The new C-shaped LED lamps look bold and follow the flowing design language, as the tail lamps now extend till the boot of the Baleno. However, the lamp on the boot is just a design element and they are not functional.
As you step inside the cabin of the new Baleno, you can clearly see the updates that the hatchback gets. You can’t help but notice the new multi-layered & multi-coloured dashboard. In the lowest layer of the dashboard, the door panels are neatly wrapped in a shade of dark blue, which complements the use of piano black inserts around the cabin.
However, the highlight of the new Baleno is the 9.0-inch standalone infotainment system. The system supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, for smartphone connectivity. Further, the system offers premium acoustic tuning to enhance the audio immersion experience.
The Baleno borrows a lot of new elements in the cabin from the European Suzuki hatchbacks. For instance, the driver is greeted with a new flat-bottom steering wheel, a new instrument cluster, new AC vents to accommodate the standalone infotainment system, and a new climate control system with a brushed aluminium finish.
In terms of the feature list, the Baleno gets a segment-first feature of Heads Up Display, which can be customised to change the layout and the information on display. It also gets a Cruise Control system for a comfortable cruising experience. The flat-bottom steering wheel gets tilt and telescopic adjustment, to find your sweet spot behind the wheels. The windows on the Baleno offer UV protection, with the help of UV cut glasses. The rear passenger gets Type-A & Type-C charging port, along with rear AC vents.
The Baleno gets a boot space of 318 litres along with 60:40 split-folding seats, to further increase the space.
The Baleno is at par in terms of safety features as well, it now gets side curtain airbags for enhanced impact protection. In total, there are six airbags around the cabin. The hatchback gets standard safety features like the ESP, ABS & EBD and a Hill-Hold Assist system. The rear seats get Isofix mounts to install the baby seats. The Baleno gets a 360-degree view camera along with rear parking sensors, to make parking an easier task.
The only place where the Baleno is unchanged and untouched is under the hood. It continues deriving power from the K series, 1.2 L four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 90 HP & 113 Nm of torque. This engine can be paired with either a 5-Speed manual or a 5-Speed AMT transmission. The new Baleno is no longer offered with the CVT automatic transmission, so that is one fly in the ointment. The Engine has not seen any changes as compared to the outgoing model, but Maruti Suzuki has upgraded the braking system to a 14-inch disc setup, to enhance the braking performance. The suspension has been reworked upon, the shock absorbers have a slightly longer travel and offer much more rear-seat comfort over speed bumps than before.
Maruti Suzuki has used a new hydraulic clutch system to increase the performance and increase the clutch life. The fuel efficiency of the Baleno is 22.35 Km/L for the manual and 22. 94 Km/L for the AMT automatic.
The new Baleno is offered in four variants, Sigma, Delta, Zeta & the top-end trim, the Alpha. It is offered in six colours, Celestial Blue, Opulent Red, Splendid Silver, Grandeur Grey, Luxe Beige & Arctic White.
The new Baleno has been launched at a price between Rs 6.35-9.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Maruti Suzuki is also offering the new Baleno on the subscription model, at a monthly cost of Rs 13,999/- inclusive of the maintenance and insurance of the vehicle.
Highlights of Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2022
- New Honeycomb Grille
- Projector Headlamps with DRLs
- 16” Alloy Wheels
- Dual Tone Interior
- 9.0” Touch Infotainment System
- With Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
- Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
- Cruise Control System
- Rear AC Vents
- Rear Charging Ports
- LxWxH: 3990 x 1745 x 1500mm
- Wheelbase- 2520 mm
- Boot Space- 318 Litres
- 60:40 Split Folding Seats
- 1.2 L Petrol Engine
- 90 HP & 113 Nm of Torque
- FE: 22.35 Km/L (Manual)
- FE: 22.94 Km/L (AMT)
- Four Variants- SIgma, Delta, Zeta & Alpha
- Price- Rs 6.35-9.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom)