Suzuki modestly updated BalenoJanuary 28, 2019
The new Suzuki Baleno slightly tweaked the exterior design and expanded the list of equipment. While restyled model can be bought only in one country
Built on the Heartect platform, the Suzuki hatchback went on sale in 2015, and the Baleno name was revived for the model. Recall that in the 90s of last year there was a whole family with the same name in the lineup of the brand, in addition to the hatch it also included a sedan and a wagon. The first market for the new Baleno was India, where it is represented under the brand name Maruti Suzuki – this is the “daughter” of the Japanese company. In India, the restyled hatchback debuted.
The update came out modest: the model received other front bumper and grille, the fog was moved higher, the body color palette was also expanded, 16-inch wheels of the new design were added. The salon didn’t change at all, except that the seats can now be covered with black and blue fabric, plus a new multimedia system has appeared, like the last generation declassified Wagon R last week.
Basic equipment Baleno became richer, it now includes not only a pair of airbags, ABS and EBD, but also a passenger seat belt reminder system, rear parking sensors, an overspeed warning system. It was assumed that the top Indian hatch will still get a cruise control (the global hatch has it initially), but this option is not provided for the Maruti Suzuki model.The engines are the same: in India, the hatchback is available with the four-cylinder petrol engine K12M 1.2 (84 hp, 115 Nm) and D13A 1.3 turbo diesel (75 hp, 190 Nm). The first engine is combined with a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, the second one is paired with only 5-speed manual transmission. The pre-reform Maruti Suzuki Baleno still had a “charged” RS version with a petrol turbo engine 1.0 Boosterjet (102 hp, 150 Nm), it differed from the standard model in “sports” decor. However, the updated Baleno has no such option yet. It is possible that the “hot” hatch will be presented later, although, according to some local media, this modification was completely abandoned, since the demand for it was small
The restyled Baleno with a gasoline engine costs from 545,000 rupees, a diesel five-door will cost at least 660,000 rupees. Note, in India, the model is considered premium, it is sold through a separate dealer network Nexa. The “premium” there still include the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sedan, the SX4 and Ignis SUVs.
At the end of 2018, Baleno ranked fourth in the ranking of the most popular models of the Indian market – 210,036 hatchbacks were sold, which is 20% more than in 2017. The first three lines on the list are taken by other Maruti Suzuki cars: the third is from the Swift hatch (223,630 units, + 34%), the second is the Alto compact (256,661 copies, 0% dynamics), and the Dzire sedanchik ( 264,612 units, + 18%).
Later this year, Suzuki will introduce the global updated Baleno. The pre-reform model in Europe is equipped with a gasoline turbo four K12C 1.2 (90 hp, 120 Nm) and a 3-cylinder turbo 1.0 Boosterjet (112 hp), and the second motor is in addition to 5-speed manual transmission (torque in this case is 170 Nm) can still be equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox (160 Nm). A basic engine in the Europe Hatch can be equipped with a starter-generator, powered by a lithium-ion battery. In Europe, the demand for Baleno is modest: in January-November last year (data for the whole year are not yet available), the model sold out 14 590 copies (-17%).
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