The Baleno features a host of design and feature upgrades inside and out, including revised LED lighting, a 360-degree camera and a head-up display.
Exterior and interior images of the facelifted Maruti Baleno have leaked online ahead of its February 23 launch. Here is a detailed look at the same:
Design upgrades inside and out
Maruti has tweaked the Baleno’s front grille, opting for a honeycomb mesh pattern. It’s flanked by sleeker LED headlights with revised LED DRLs (now a three-piece unit). The new Baleno also gets a reworked front bumper that connects to the revised fog light housing. You can also spot chrome trim above the LED fog lights.
In profile, the only change to the premium sedan is the new design of its 16-inch alloy wheels.
At the rear, the facelifted Baleno comes with a revised bumper and the reflectors have also been raised slightly. Maruti has also redone the rear lights and they are now split LEDs (with three-piece units mimicking the DRL LEDs at the front) extending across the trunk.
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Maruti will offer the facelifted sedan in six paint options: Nexa Blue, Pearl Arctic White, Opulent Red, Luxe Beige, Grandeur Gray and Splendid Silver. Except for the first two, all other colors will be new to the Baleno.
Inside, the first notable changes are the Swift’s new steering wheel, revised dashboard (now in a tricolor finish), larger 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and center air vents positioned horizontally.
Baleno’s facelifted cabin has a black and purple layout, as the purple highlights can also be seen on the door cushions and new upholstery. Its air conditioning controls have also been redone and are much sleeker than those of the previous version. Maruti will also offer 60:40 split rear seats on the facelifted Baleno. It also provides rear air vents, center passenger seat belt and charging ports.
Its steering wheel incorporates voice commands and telephony as well as those of the touch screen. The Baleno is now equipped with cruise control, located on the right side of the steering wheel. However, the analog instrument cluster and color MID received only minor changes.
Gasoline power under the hood with a new automatic transmission
The facelifted Baleno will no longer get the 83PS/113Nm 1.2-litre petrol engine that was offered earlier. In addition, the mild hybrid technology has also been removed. Instead, Maruti will only supply it with the previously offered 1.2-litre DualJet unit making 90bhp and 113Nm with engine start/stop at idle. While the 5-speed MT was carried over, the optional CVT automatic has now been replaced by the 5-speed AMT from Swift and Dzire.
Feature updates galore
This mid-life refresh for the Maruti sedan is one of its biggest updates in terms of additional equipment. Maruti has now equipped the Baleno with a first 360-degree camera and even a head-up display. The list also includes plenty of new features for the hatch, including a 9-inch touchscreen, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an Arkamys-tuned audio system, and connected car tech.
Its safety kit has also been reinforced. It now includes up to six airbags, electronic stability control and hill hold assist. Other safety features include ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors.
Price, variants and expected rivals
Maruti will sell the facelifted Baleno in six versions: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Zeta (O), Alpha and Alpha (O). The (O) variants are the new additions to the range. We expect Maruti to price the updated sedan from Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will continue to lock horns with the Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Tata Altroz, Hyundai i20 and the upcoming facelifted Toyota Glanza.
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