The mid-level Delta trim of the Maruti Baleno facelift will offer projector headlamps instead of standard units of current version
Maruti Suzuki will launch the new Wagon R on 23 January 2019. However, it won’t stop at launching the new version of its popular hatchback. The company is also planning to launch two new important models – the 1.5-litre diesel engine-equipped Maruti Ciaz and the 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift.
Our exclusive spy images have already shown you what the refreshed model looks like. The company has refrained from making any sort of extreme changes to the styling of the highly successful B2-segment hatchback. The only visual change that has come to our notice so far is the new front bumper. However, another important update that the Maruti Baleno facelift carries is the projector headlamp for the mid-spec Delta variant.
Until now, the projector headlamps have been offered only on the Alpha variant, which is the most expensive model. With the introduction of the Maruti Baleno facelift, however, this feature will be available even on the Zeta and the Delta trim. Also, the headlamp units on the refreshed car will be the smoke-effect-type units that are found on the Baleno RS performance variant.
The new front bumper for the 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift will have a rectangular air dam and new fog lamp housings. While the introduction of the new bumper doesn’t lead to a huge change in the car’s looks, it refreshes the front fascia a fair bit. Other than this, the interior should get small revisions in the form of new upholstery and trim. Even the instrument cluster is likely to see some revisions.
The 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift should also be compliant with the upcoming safety norms that will kick off next year. Hence, all the trims of the refreshed model will get additional safety features in the form of the speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing door unlock, seatbelt reminder for front occupants, and speed alert system.
The engine specifications of the Maruti Baleno facelift will remain completely unchanged. The small car will continue to offer 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. Both the motors will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard, while the petrol engine will even get an optional CVT. The refreshed car is expected to cost roughly Rs 22,000 higher than before.