Pune-based RED-D Customs have come up with a modified Maruti Baleno that looks more luxurious than cars costing several times more
Red-D Customs, a car customizer based out of Pune, has given the Maruti Baleno B2-segment a huge shot in its arm by injecting a lot of classiness into it. Basically, the competitively priced hatchback, which is already a pretty premium model, has been given a thorough makeover that makes it look and feel very luxurious on the inside.
Even the exterior has been given some subtle modifications. For example, there’s a discreet hatchlid spoiler that has a decided sporty carbon-fibre finish. The chrome appliques on the lower and upper parts of the trunk-lid have been replaced with black-coloured trim. Even the chrome-finished badges have been replaced with grey-coloured ones.
Of course, changes on the interior are a lot more comprehensive. The car gets a bespoke leather upholstery at the front and the rear. The roof gets a beige trim but the seats get a dull red finish. The dashboard gets a dull red and black finish. Even the door inserts and the steering wheel get the same dull red finish. All this makes the interior just too classy. The rich leather, along with the dull red-black colour scheme, makes the cabin look as luxurious as that of some premium car.
Other than the small visual updates for the exterior and some more comprehensive changes for the interior, this modified Maruti Baleno from Red-D Customs doesn’t get any other modifications. In India, the Baleno is available with three engine options. The most premium hatchback in Maruti Suzuki’s stable is underpinned by the lightweight HEARTECT platform.
The petrol variant gets a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated-aspirated K-Series unit that produces 82 Bhp and 113 Nm. There’s also a more powerful petrol engine in the form of the 1.0 litre-3 cylinder BoosterJet turbocharged unit for the RS variant. This engine outputs 100 Bhp and 150 Nm. Finally, the Baleno also comes with the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that Maruti manufactures under a license from Fiat. All the engines get a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.2-litre petrol engine also gets a CVT automatic transmission.
Prices of the Maruti Baleno start at Rs 5.48 lakh (ex-showroom). All the variants get dual front airbags and ABS as standard.