The Maruti Baleno, which was launched in October 2015 to rival the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, has sold more than 5 lakh units in just 39 months of its launch
The Maruti Baleno was launched in India in October 2015 and has been setting one sales record after another. In the latest development, the Hyundai Elite i20 has managed to clock more than 5 lakh sales in a record time of just 38 months.
The Maruti Baleno is based on the Suzuki iK-2 concept, which was designed as per the theme of “Harmonized Force’’. The premium hatchback became the first car to be based on the Heartect platform, which now also gives the base to the Swift, Dzire, Ignis, and Ertiga. The Baleno became the second offering, after the S-Cross, to go on sale at the NEXA premium dealerships.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Baleno has become a resounding success in the highly competitive premium hatchback segment. It is a testimony of our best in class technology and customer experience. Our engineers have ensured that Baleno offers superior ride and handling, class-leading performance and safety. With a staggering 20.6 % growth in first half of 2018-19, Baleno has been among the top selling cars in India, since 2016. We are grateful for our customers’ constant support that has made Baleno India’s most preferred premium hatchback.”
In the Alpha trim, which is the fully-loaded version, the Maruti Baleno offers premium features like HID projector headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, LED taillamps, keyless entry, Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and multi-function steering wheel.
The Maruti Baleno is available in three engine options – 1.2-petrol, 1.0-turbo-petrol, and 1.3-diesel. The base petrol engine is available with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and CVT. The diesel and the turbo-petrol engine are available with a 5-speed manual transmission only. The turbocharged petrol motor is offered only on the Baleno RS sports variant, which also comes with a sporty bodykit.
The base petrol engine produces 85 PS and 115 Nm. The diesel engine outputs 75 PS and 190 Nm. The K10C petrol motor, in the Baleno RS, provides 102 PS and 150 Nm. All the versions have a front wheel drive configuration. The Maruti Baleno is currently priced at Rs 5.38 lakh to Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Baleno RS costs Rs 8.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).