Maruti Baleno competes with many other premium hatchbacks including Tata Altroz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the best selling model in the passenger vehicle segment and by far the most popular premium hatchback in India. Despite being older than its immediate rivals, the current generation Baleno continues to bring in huge sales volume for the Indian-Japanese carmaker.
Late last year, the Baleno was speculated to receive an update and was even spied testing with some test equipment. However, since then, we have not seen any development in this regard until the fully camouflaged mule of the Baleno was seen.
Unlike the mules seen earlier, the 2022 Maruti Baleno prototype is completely covered by a black casing, which does not have a single body panel on it. Only its rear and last third quarter pictures have been revealed. Despite the heavy camouflage, we can take a rough guess that the upcoming Baleno facelift will get cosmetic updates.
Updated Exterior Styling
From the looks of it, it seems that the taillamps of the hatch have been redesigned. This also indicates that the headlamp setup could also be revised. Also, the rear bumper has been reprofiled which means that the front bumper is likely to get a change as well. While the slightly stubby tailgate has been retained, it gets a more prominent integrated spoiler.
There are no other noticeable visual updates that can be understood at this time. Highlights like a rake windshield, a rear wiper and a chrome bar with an integrated roof spoiler should be carried over to the new Baleno from the current model. The side profile also remains untouched with the same silhouette and alloy wheel design.
expected internal updates
Inside the cabin, changes are expected to be made with a new dashboard layout and seat upholstery. The cabin can also be decorated with some new features. This could include a new fully digital instrument cluster, an updated infotainment system, etc. The safety kit on offer can also be upgraded.
Current Engine, Transmission Options
That said, we expect Maruti to bring a new mild hybrid powertrain to the lineup that offers better fuel efficiency as well as better performance. Currently, the Baleno is offered with two petrol engine options – a 1.2-litre K12M VVT unit and a 1.2-litre K12N DualJet mill.
The first puts out 82 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque while the latter churns out 6 extra horses and the exact same torque figure. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of a CVT automatic transmission on the VVT unit.