There are no limitations to the innovative ideas that one could come up with and this digital rendering of the new Maruti Baleno into a Crossover rivalling the WRV is a concrete example of it.
A prominent digital automobile designer has come up with a WRV rival in the form of the crossover version of the new Maruti Baleno (Cross). Baleno has garnered massive interest from the customers, as was expected. But Bimble Designs has taken it a notch higher with this special edition version. The design cues have been inspired by the Honda WRV making the Baleno Cross a direct rival. Let us check out what has been done to the Baleno to qualify as the competitor to the WRV.
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Maruti Baleno Cross – Honda WRV Rival
To make it a crossover, there are a few specific modifications made to the Baleno. This includes things like a redesigned front bumper with a skid plate, chunky flared wheel arches, wider tyres, raised suspension to give the crossover proper ground clearance, etc. To make the aesthetics more pleasing and suitable for a crossover theme, the front grille has been blacked out along with the Suzuki logo, additional roof rails have been installed, while the alloy wheel design is stock, it has been painted black for a sportier appeal. All these changes add to the charm of converting the premium hatchback into a crossover.
The Baleno comes powered by a 1.2-litre K Series petrol engine that produces 88 hp and 113 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. Complementing this engine is the option of choosing between a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The prices of the new Baleno range between Rs 6.35 lakh and Rs 9.49 lakh, ex-showroom. With the new Baleno, Maruti has made significant changes to the engine, suspension system, steering and clutch to make it even more engaging to drive. The Baleno locks horns with the likes of Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz and VW Polo in our market.
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Let us know how did you like this cross version of the Maruti Baleno and would it make for a worthy Honda WRV rival?