Maruti is all set to launch the next-generation Baleno in the Indian market. Now it has been spotted testing the new vehicle.
The 2022 Maruti Baleno is one of the most-awaited cars this year. The popular hatchback is getting a comprehensive facelift. This includes an optional 1.5-ltr K-series petrol engine from Brezza (with exactly the same specs!). Additionally, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is now working hard to get a good safety score. The next-gen Maruti Baleno will feature a strengthened platform. The company hopes that it will help the upcoming cat get a 4-Star NCAP Score. This will be a huge improvement over the zero-star score of the current model. The new pictures also show a completely bumper.
Several details of the next-generation Maruti Baleno have already been revealed. To increase safety, the compact car is said to come with a strengthened platform. The spacious car is expected to get better quality of the material for interiors as well. On the outside, it will feature a larger and wider grille (extending into the headlamp assembly). The rear panel also gets a reprofiled rear bumper with new taillights. Overall, the hatchback features a wider central air intake on the front and looks a lot sharper than the current curvy version.
The 2022 Maruti Baleno Facelift will compete against the likes of Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, and the Tata Altroz. It will be powered by a 1.2-liter K-series engine. However, the top-end Alpha trim will sport a 1.5-liter K-Series petrol engine option (seen on Maruti Vitara Brezza) that produces 103bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. It will be paired with a five-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed torque-converter automatic transmission with Smart Hybrid technology. The current version comes with an 83bhp 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine which comes with a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic gearboxes.
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Additionally, the 2022 Maruti Baleno Facelift is said to feature an all-new dashboard with a layered design and a 9-inch free-standing touchscreen. The new infotainment system will come with an on-board SIM for a suite of connected car features (real-time tracking, intrusion detection, tow away alert, find your car, geofencing, etc). Additional features will include cruise control, automated headlamps, automated wipers, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a new instrument cluster, a revised MID, new switchgear for the climate controls, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and sleeker AC vents (positioned horizontally below the infotainment screen).