Maruti Baleno Facelift In Works: Launch Likely By First Quarter of 2019


The Maruti Baleno facelift is speculated to launch in India during the first quarter of 2019. Prices will continue slot in INR 5.5 Lakh to INR 8.5 Lakh. Apart from cosmetic changes, it could get a new set of petrol and diesel engines.

Recent media reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki could launch the mid-cycle facelift of the Baleno hatchback in India during the first quarter of 2019. With minor cosmetic updates and some revision done to the safety kit, the premium hatch from Maruti can also get a set of new engines with this upgrade. All that said, the prices will continue to remain the same as before, falling in-between the range of INR 5.5 lakhs to INR 8.5 lakhs. Though the company is yet to make any official announcement in regard to this. In this article, we have compiled all the information that we know so far and can safely speculate about the updated version of the Maruti Baleno. Read ahead to get all the information.

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The reason for upgrading the engine specifications is that Fiat does not plan to upgrade the 1.3-litre motor to meet BS-VI pollution norms. According to Government regulations, starting 2020, all cars sold in India should be BS-VI complaint. Before the Baleno Facelift, Maruti could introduce this engine in the Ciaz or the Ertiga Facelift. Want to know more about the upcoming new Baleno? This report tells you all that you need to know about the new version of this premium hatchback.

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Maruti Baleno Facelift- Launch date

As mentioned before, we expect the Baleno Facelift to go into production sometime during the latter half of 2018. Consequently, it is likely that Maruti will launch the updated Baleno in India during the first quarter of 2019.

Launch Date First Quarter 2019 (Jan-Mar)

Maruti Baleno Facelift- Price In India

One of the biggest reasons for the huge success of the Maruti Baleno is its prices. Hence, with the update, we expect them to remain the same as before. However, the diesel variant, with the new BS-VI engine could retail at a slightly higher price than before.

Expected Price INR 5.5 Lakh to INR 8.5 Lakh

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Maruti Baleno Facelift- Exterior Changes

As with all the other facelifts, Baleno too is going to get a minor revision on its exterior profile. Expect the premium hatchback to come with restyled bumpers, new grille and new alloy wheels. The rest of the specifics of the car will remain the same as before.

Maruti Baleno Facelift- Interior Changes

Talking about the interiors, we do not expect Maruti to do any major overhaul. However, it can improve the quality of the buttons and knobs. Currently, the Baleno use older Swift’s operational buttons which look and feel a tad down-market. Furthermore, Maruti could change the upholstery and even the dashboard colour scheme.

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Maruti Baleno Facelift- Engine Specifications

The petrol derivative of the new Baleno will remain the same as before. It will continue to come with the 1.2-litre, K-Series VVT engine. This motor produces 83 BHP along with 115 Nm of peak torque. Currently, this premium hatchback comes with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. Also, the petrol derivatives get a CVT automatic unit.

As mentioned before, the diesel derivative of the Baleno facelift will get a new 1.5-litre oil-burner. We expect the power output to be around 80 to 90 BHP. While the torque figures are going to be in the range of 190 Nm to 200 nm. As before, the engine will get a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. While Maruti could also introduce an automatic transmission to the line-up as well.

Fuel Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.2-litre VVT New 1.5-litre
Power 83 BHP ~90 BHP
Torque 113 Nm ~200 Nm
Transmission 5-Speed Manual/AT 5-Speed Manual

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Maruti Baleno Facelift- Mileage

Since the new Baleno is going to get the same petrol engine, it fuel-efficiency figure in the updated avatar will also remain the same. Hence, the petrol derivative of the Baleno is going to give a mileage of around 21.4 km/l.

The current 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine in the Baleno promises to offer a mileage of 27.39 km/l. On the other hand, the new 1.5-litre diesel engine is likely to give a slightly lower mileage of around 26 km/l.

Fuel Diesel Diesel
Engine 1.2-litre VVT New 1.5-litre
Mileage 21.4 km/l ~26 km/l

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Maruti Baleno Facelift- Variants

The new Maruti Baleno will continue to retail through the existing NEXA dealership outlets. Hence, its variant line-up will remain unchanged. Consequently, it will come in the following variants:

  • Sigma (Petrol Only)
  • Zeta
  • Delta
  • Alpha

Maruti Baleno Facelift- Features

Apart from minor revisions in the feature list of the Baleno, it will continue to come with the same list. Maruti could choose to add some new features. These are likely to include cornering headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.

  • Projector Headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Electrically Adjustable Rear View Mirrors
  • Smart play Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Charging Sockets
  • Day and Night Rear View Mirror
  • Steering Mounted Audio Controls
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Maruti Baleno Facelift- Competition

The new Baleno will continue to compete in the premium hatchback segment in India. Hence, it will compete against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo and the Fiat Punto.

Maruti Baleno Facelift- Specification Sheet

Model Maruti Baleno Facelift
Launch Date First Quarter 2019
Price INR 5.5 Lakh to INR 8.5 Lakh
Fuel Petrol / Diesel
Engine 1.2-litre VVT / 1.5-litre
Power 82 BHP / 74 BHP (approx)
Torque 114 Nm / 200 NM (approx)
Transmission 5-Speed Manual/ CVT
Mileage 18-19km/l / 20-22 km/l
Features Touchscreen Infotainment System, Auto Climate, Projector headlamps, LED DRLs, Alloy Wheels
Safety Features Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Reverse Parking Sensors, Reverse Parking Camera

Before Maruti launches the Baleno facelift, it has a couple of other cars in the pipeline. First of these is likely to be the next-generation iteration of the Ertiga MPV. We believe that Maruti will launch the next-generation Ertiga in India sometime during the first half of 2018. Following soon afterwards will be the launch of the Ciaz Facelift. Furthermore, Maruti is planning to launch the next-generation WagonR. And also the next-generation Maruti Alto.

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