2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift is expected to get several new standard features including projector headlamps with DRLs
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is starting off the New Year with a big launch as the new generation Wagon R with India-specific exterior and interior changes is scheduled to debut on January 23. Like brands such as Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Toyota, VW, Skoda and Renault, Maruti Suzuki will also be increasing prices across the portfolio from January 1, 2019 due to various economic reasons.
The largest carmaker in the country will be silently introducing the facelifted version of the Baleno premium hatchback in the first month of the year as well. The changes won’t be substantial as minor cosmetic changes like the revised bumper is expected to be accompanied by some standardised features like projector headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lights.
The price hike on the Baleno range will likely be around Rs. 20,000 and to offset the increase more standard features could be included. Moreover, the updated Baleno may get more safety kit under its belt including standard reverse parking sensors, high speed warning system and speed sensing auto door lock to comply with the upcoming government regulations.
The Baleno already offers dual front airbags, driver seatbelt reminder and pre-tensioner, ABS, central locking, front power windows, child seat tether anchorages and anti-theft security alarm as standard. No performance changes will be made, as the Baleno will continue to use the tried-and-tested 1.2-litre K-series VVT petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS 200 turbo diesel engines.
The former produces 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm while the latter develops 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm as low as 2,000 rpm. The petrol engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT, and the diesel unit is linked to only a five-speed manual transmission.
Maruti Suzuki sells the RS variant of Baleno with 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine pushing out 101 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 150 Nm at 1,700 rpm. The Swift could get the RS treatment as well during the course of this year with the same engine as Baleno.