New Maruti Baleno in -5 Degree Celsius at Rohtang Pass – Owner Shares Experience

Maruti Baleno is not your typical off-roader that you would normally associate with climbing high passes of the Himalayas but there are always exceptions.

A Maruti Baleno owner shares his recent adventure trip to Rohtang Pass in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Being a premium hatchback, it is not the first option that comes to mind while planning a trip to the treacherous mountains. However, with experience and a bit of precaution, one could take it to the parts of the Himalayas that are not that difficult to access. A Baleno owner shares his experience of his expedition with the Baleno on the 13000-ft Rohtang Pass.

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New Maruti Baleno at Rohtank Pass in -5 Degree Celsius
New Maruti Baleno at Rohtank Pass in -5 Degree Celsius

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Maruti Baleno at Rohtang Pass

The owner of the premium hatchback has a lot of advice for people who would want to attempt something like this. He mentions that the temperature was as low as -5 degree Celcius which is normal for the Rohtang Pass, especially during this time of the year. Since the road leading up to the pass is broken in patches, he encountered a few underbelly scratches but the overall performance was impressive, reports the owner. Finally, he mentions that the car is just 2 and a half months old and has already done 8,500 km.

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Mileage

The most impressive part of any Maruti Suzuki product has to be its mileage. He was able to sequester a mileage of 22 km/l on the highway during this trip and around 12-15 km/l on the mountain roads, which is decent. The key to achieving that is light-footed driving. People have the tendency to press the accelerator pedal completely as soon as they see an empty patch of road. This is not advisable in the mountains as you will anyway have to slow down for the corner. Light-footed driving leads to consistent speeds maximizing mileage.

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An impressive bit about the trip was that the Maruti Baleno managed to offer up to 15 kmpl even in challenging conditions.
An impressive bit about the trip was that the Maruti Baleno managed to offer up to 15 kmpl even in challenging conditions.

Specs

The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder K-Series petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. This engine can churn out 88 hp and 113 Nm of peak power and torque. As standard, Maruti is offering the Baleno with a 5-speed manual transmission. However, a 5-speed automated manual transmission is available in select variants. The fuel tank is a decent 37 litres and the ARAI mileage stands at an impressive 22.94 km/l. The prices of the Baleno range from Rs 6.49 lakh to Rs 9.71 lakh, ex-showroom.

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