Maruti Suzuki has started taking pre-bookings for the new Baleno hatchback ahead of its official launch on February 23, 2022. In fact, the production of the new Maruti Baleno has already been started at Suzuki’s Gujarat plant. The new model will come with significant design changes and completely revised interior along with some mechanical changes.
The biggest mechanical upgrade to the new Maruti Baleno will come in the form of new AMT gearbox. The CVT automatic gearbox will be removed from the line-up in order to introduce a cheaper AMT unit.
While CVT is considered more seamless and easier to drive for most people, Maruti Suzuki has decided to drop the CVT from the Baleno lineup. With the AMT coming in, Maruti Suzuki’s idea is to ‘democratize the two-pedal system’ and AGS would help achieve that, the company says. The success of Swift AMT is another indicator that people are more interested in affordable automatics. Though we hope that the AGS version would have hill-hold feature like we have seen in the Dzire.
The new Maruti Baleno will retain the same engines – a 1.2L 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol and a 1.2-litre dualjet petrol with mild-hybrid tech. While the former is good for 83bhp and 113Nm, the later produces 90bhp and 113Nm of torque.
The powertrains will be tuned to meet the upcoming CAFE 2 (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) emission norms in April 2022. A 5-speed manual gearbox driving the power to front wheels will come as standard, while an AMT will be offered as an optional. It is the same AMT gearbox that we have already seen on the Swift hatchback.
New Maruti Baleno Interior & Features
The new Baleno hatchback will come with several segment-leading features, most of them are first from MSIL. The new model will debut the brand’s new 9.0-inch free-standing, touchscreen infotainment system, which is co-developed by Toyota and Suzuki. Called SmartPlay Pro+, the new infotainment system will be compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice commands and connected car technology. The new model will also come with wireless phone charging.
What’s interesting is that the new Maruti Baleno will come with a customisable heads-up display or HUD, which will show speed, climate control, real-time fuel efficiency and others. The new model will also get the segment-first 360 degree camera.
The new Maruti Baleno will be based on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform that underpins the Swift and the Dzire. The platform is expected to be modified for improved safety. The new model is expected to come with up to six airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and other high-end safety features.