With a starting price of Rs 4.99 Lakh, Maruti's Baleno expects to reign supreme in
premium hatchback segment |Yentha
On Nov 18, 2015
Trivandrum: The earlier version of Baleno failed to make much impact. This one promises to be different. The premium 5 seater from Maruti Suzuki is presently the talk of the town. The petrol variant starts at Rs 4.99 Lakh while the diesel one starts from Rs 6.16 Lakh.
What makes Maruti Baleno endearing to customers is its safety standards and smooth ride. Baleno, with its TECT body structure, comes with dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and anti-theft security system as standard features, making it among the safest cars in the segment.
The unique suspension of Baleno, with its 170mm ground clearance ensures it glides over potholes and not bumb into them. The interior of the car is spacious, especially at the back and its stability under high speeds makes it a good performer during long rides.
The petrol variants come with a mileage of 21 km/l, while the diesel ones offers a mileage of 27 km/l. The 1.2-litre petrol variant has a 5-speed manual or a CVT as gearbox options.
For the diesel variant the engine is 1.3-litre Fiat derived with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Baleno also comes witha 7-inch Smartplay infotainment system with the first Apple CarPlay.
Though the car has received ovewhelming response the lack of Nexa showrooms may limit booking numbers. Currently the car is available at two showrooms in Kochi and one in Calicut. The waiting period is 10 weeks according to showroom officials.
With Baleno, Maruti aims to dethrone Hyundai i20 and Volkswagon Polo and become leaders in premium hatchback segment.