Maruti Suzuki Baleno limited edition gets exterior and interior tweaks to garner more attention during the festive season
Last week, we broke the story that Maruti Suzuki had launched a limited edition of its highly popular Swift hatchback to garner more customers during the festive season. The largest automaker in the country is offering a slew of discounts across its product range to lure in audience as beginning from September and till the end of the year, car brands traditionally endure increased volume sales.
And the latest generation Swift introduced earlier this year adorns as much as eight new features in the entry-level LXi and LDi trims as part of the newest offer with accessories and paint job fitment by dealers. With the Ignis urban runaround receiving a special edition treatment as well, its cousin from Nexa and the best-selling product for the premium outlet, Baleno, has received added features.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno limited edition gets a welcomed set of visual updates including a new body kit in contrast grey colour adding a sportier stance to the premium hatchback. The body kit is accompanied by side and rear skirts as well as body moulding – making the Baleno look bolder and as Maruti Suzuki says “Let The World Take Notice”. The Indo-Japanese manufacturer did not shy away from adding new bits on the interior as well.
Stepping inside the cabin, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno limited edition boasts three dimensional floor mats, two-tone seat covers with quilted design, smart key finder, illuminated scuff plates, premium cushions and tissue box and much more. Maruti Suzuki did not make any mechanical changes to the special edition as the tried and tested powertrain options have continued.
The 1.2-litre K-series VVT petrol engine is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel mill makes 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm. The gasoline unit has claimed fuel economy of 21.4 kmpl for both five-speed MT and CVT options while the diesel has 27.39 kmpl ARAI-certified rated efficiency.
The Baleno is also sold in top-spec RS variant with 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine developing 101 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 150 Nm at 1,700 rpm – mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno limited edition could ask for around Rs. 30,000 more than the regular model. It competes against Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and upcoming Tata 45X hatchback.