2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno launched
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been launched in India, with pricing beginning at Rs 6.35 lakh and rising up to Rs 9.49 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new 2022 Baleno is a facelift of the outgoing model, albeit a major one. At the front, a broader, honeycomb-patterned ‘NEXWave’ grille with a silver accent extends into the new wraparound headlights, while a flatter clamshell bonnet, reprofiled bumper, and new fog light housings complement the redesign.
Additionally, the projector headlights have been widened and now feature a new three-element LED Daytime Running Lamp signature that will be shared by all future Nexa models.
On the side, the most noticeable changes are the new 16-inch alloy wheels, the sharper shoulder line, and the longer chrome strip at the base of the window line, which now goes all the way to the rear quarter glass. At the back, there are new C-shaped LED taillights that reach all the way to the tailgate, as well as a revised bumper.
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno is offered in six different colour schemes: Arctic White, Splendid Silver, Grandeur Grey, Nexa Blue, Opulent Red, and Luxe Beige.
Maruti has upgraded the Baleno’s suspension and equipped it with bigger 14-inch disc brakes on all four wheels.
Inside, the Baleno facelift features a BMW-inspired new three-layered dashboard design with a black top, a full-width silver accent in the middle, and a dark blue finish at the bottom. The dark blue theme is extended throughout the interior, including the door cards and seat cushions.
Additionally, the revised Baleno features a new steering wheel (similar to the one seen on the Swift), new front seats, updated climate control switchgear, and a new instrument cluster design that shares styling cues with the 2022 S-Cross.
Baleno facelift’s equipment level is also quite impressive, as the fully loaded Baleno Alpha comes equipped with a 9.0-inch Smartplay Pro+ free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support.
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Also standard is voice command support, ‘Suzuki Connect’ connected car technology, a heads-up display (HUD), 360-degree cameras, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, auto-dimming IRVM keyless entry and go, automatic climate However, Maruti Suzuki has omitted a sunroof from the list of standard amenities.
A single 90hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder DualJet K12N petrol engine powers the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The engine is available with a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed AMT automatic transmission (replacing the prior model’s CVT unit).
According to ARAI, the new engine with manual transmission achieves 22.35 km/l, while the new AMT version achieves a slightly better 22.94 km/l.
As with the outgoing model, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno will compete in our market against other premium hatchbacks such as the Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and the ageing Volkswagen Polo.