Here are details and images of a modified Maruti Baleno that tries hard to pass off for a Volvo model by having a similar grille
In focus today is a Maruti Baleno that has a Volvo-like grille. It is quite common to see owners of affordable cars slapping on a custom grille on their steeds to help them pass off for a more premium model.
There are many car accessories makers that offer a wide range of custom grilles for some popular cars. For example, we have seen people using a Jeep Compass-like grille on the MarutiVitaraBrezza or Dzire owners having a three-pointed star on the grille. However, it is the first time we are seeing a Maruti Baleno with this grille setup.
This Volvo grille for Maruti Baleno comes from SIPL Automotive and has Volvo’s grille design. This modified grille is a stock replacement unit and has a piano black finish. The custom unit features a Volvo-like sash in chrome. The Volvo badge, however, has been replaced with a Baleno badge.
The Maruti Baleno is the country’s best-selling premium hatchback. It rivals models like the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz. Maruti sells over 15,000 units of the Baleno every month. The B2-segment model is on sale in three engine options – 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, and a 1.3-litre turbocharged diesel. All engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the 1.2-litre motor can be bought with a CVT.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces a maximum power of 83 bhp along with a peak torque of 113 Nm. The 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor is exclusive to the Baleno RS model and offers 101 bhp and 150 Nm. The 1.3-litre diesel engine generates a maximum power of 74 bhp and a peak torque of 190 Nm.
Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch a facelift for the Baleno next year. The Maruti Baleno facelift could feature a new grille along with an updated bumper and more features. It is also likely to get the SHVS mild hybrid system that is currently available only on the Ciaz and the Ertiga. A few years down the line, the Maruti Baleno will be seen selling through Toyota dealerships in a slightly re-styled guise.