Hatch Suzuki Baleno: modest restyling and new equipmentJanuary 22, 2019
Published the first official teaser of the updated hatch Suzuki Baleno. However, the appearance of the model is no longer a secret.
The first market for the hatchback with the revived name Baleno was India, where it appeared in 2015 (the family with the same name – hatch, sedan and wagon – was in the Suzuki lineup in the 90s of the last century). Buyers are offered local assembly machines, they are produced at the plant of the joint company Maruti Suzuki. In India, the renewed hatchback will debut: the premiere is expected to take place on January 27 or 29.
So far, Maruti Suzuki has distributed only one teaser of the refreshed model. However, earlier the Indian edition of GaadiWaadi published pictures of the hatch without any camouflage. The update turned out to be modest: the front bumper was changed for Baleno, the chrome trim of the radiator grille became more massive, another pattern at the grille itself. Photo poop and no interior. Meanwhile, according to local media, the hatch still modernized its rear lights, while new trim materials appeared in the cabin.
According to preliminary data, the basic equipment has become richer, now it includes not only a pair of airbags, ABS and EBD, but also a passenger side seat belt reminder system, rear parking sensors, and an overspeed warning system. For the top versions, it is possible that there will be a cruise control (the global model has it since the beginning of the release)
The engines of the Indian hatch are the same: Maruti Suzuki Baleno is equipped with four-cylinder petrol engine K12M 1.2 (84 hp, 115 Nm) and a D13A 1.3 turbo diesel (75 hp, 190 Nm). The first engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT, the second is combined with only 5 MKP. In India, the model still has a “charged” RS-version, under the hood of such a hatch, a petrol 3-cylinder turbo engine 1.0 of the Boosterjet family with a return of 102 hp is installed. (150 Nm), it is equipped with “mechanics”.
Dealers are already accepting preliminary requests for an updated hatch, but prices have not been announced. It is known that those who wish to order a restyled Baleno must leave a deposit of 11,000 rupees. The former hatchback costs from Rs 541,900. Note, in India, Baleno is considered a premium car, it is sold through a separate Nexa dealer network (the “premium” also includes the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sedan, SX4 and Ignis SUVs).
At the end of 2018, Baleno was on the fourth line in the rating of the most popular models of the Indian market – 210,036 Hatch lines were sold, which is 20% more than in 2017. The first three places on the list are taken by other Maruti Suzuki cars: the third is from the Swift hatchback (223,630 units, + 34%), the Alto compact is in the second position (256,661 copies, the dynamics is 0%), and the sedan built on the Swift base Dzire (264,612 units, + 18%).
After the start of sales in India, the restyled Baleno will reach other countries, and the global model may receive other changes in terms of equipment. The pre-reform hatchback in Europe can be bought with the 4-cylinder engine K12C 1.2 (90 hp, 120 Nm) and the 3-cylinder turbo engine 1.0 Boosterjet (112 hp), and the second motor is in addition to 5-speed manual transmission (torque in this case is 170 Nm ) is still combined with a six-speed automatic transmission (160 Nm). A basic engine in a European hatch can be equipped with a starter-generator, powered by a lithium-ion battery.
On the European market, Baleno is much less in demand than in India: in January-November 2018 (no more recent data), 14,590 vehicles were sold there (-17%).
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