MFC buying guide -Maruti Suzuki Baleno
India’s most trusted and favourite car manufacturers, Maruti Suzuki, has unveiled the new and sportier version of its increasingly popular model, the Baleno hatchback which is being called the Baleno RS, at the Auto Expo that was held last month. The differences between the standard and RS models will not be confined to simple cosmetic upgrades, although the RS version will only be made available with the top model Alpha. Along with several cosmetic changes in the form of an aggressive look, the Baleno RS will also get improved looks in its interiors. The improvements will include chrome accents, all black theme, sporty front seats with cross stitched upholstery, and pedals with aluminium finish.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The exteriors of the Baleno have been styled elegantly, with projector head lights in the front with LED day time running lights, and V shaped front grille with chrome accents, while the protruded rear portion is the highlight of the car which offers a contemporary sporty look. Measuring 3995 mm in length, 1745 mm in width and 1500 mm in height, the Baleno is a large hatchback car. Talking about the interiors of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, they have been given major updates. While the basic look is still retained and reminds us of the regular Baleno, the upgraded looks definitely add a sporty as well as premium flavour to the model, with the all black interiors, front sporty seats with cross stitched upholstery. The console in the centre has got the SmartPlay audio video system with Apple CarPlay integrated. The Maruti Baleno RS has been styled in a more sporty and edgy design. Along with sporty alloy wheels, this new Baleno model might also be given some more safety features such as a tyre pressure monitoring system, radar based brake support, side airbags, all four disc brakes, etc.
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This car comes with an engine configuration that is similar to Swift, which consists of the same 1.2 litre petrol engine and 1.3 litre DDiS diesel motor. Fuel economy for the diesel version is undoubtedly the best in the segment. The petrol versions come with Maruti’s 1.2 litre, K-Series, DOHC petrol motor, capable of generating power of 62 kW at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 115 Nm at 4000 rpm. The diesel models come with the 1.3 litre DDiS engine generating power output of 55.2 kW at 4000 RPM along with torque of 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. The transmission options of Maruti Baleno include a five speed manual gearbox and a CVT transmission system which is available only on the Delta petrol model. Fuel economy returned by the petrol engine of Baleno is 21.4 kmpl. The diesel models on the other hand, are capable of pulling off 27.39 km in a litre, which is the best in this segment.
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The Baleno is quite a hot seller and is here to stay since Maruti Suzuki has pulled off to launch a car that scores pretty well on all aspects.