The premium hatchback, Maruti Suzuki Baleno
, being the first car from Maruti
with a Bharat Stage 6 compliant engine has been launched in India. The new Baleno comes with a revised 1.2-litre dualjet, dual VVT BS6 engine that now also gets Maruti's Smart Hybrid technology.
BS-VI engine equipped Baleno is available in two variants, Delta and Zeta, and the price is about Rs. 90,000 higher than the1.2 liter VVT petrol (non-hybrid) variant in both Delta and Zeta trims. The new Delta trim is priced at Rs.7.25 lakh while Zeta costs Rs.7.86 lakh ( Both Ex-showroom prices, Delhi). We are yet to receive an update on the power and torque output figures.
The current 1.2L four cylinder K-Series VVT petrol engine will also get updated as a BS6 compliant engine by the year 2020 as per reports. The hybrid system on new Baleno is similar to the one that is offered on Ertiga
petrol mid hybrid versions.
Maruti claims that the new engine has helped achieve a better fuel efficiency of 23.87kmpl. This was achieved due to the mid hybrid set up, which apparently has reduced the load on petrol engine.
Right from its launch in 2015, Maruti Baleno has been one of the best selling models through NEXA and it has sold more than 2 lakh units in the last fiscal year. Now, Baleno will also be the first mid hybrid car in its segment.
The new Baleno will be available in all Nexa showrooms across the country in the coming days.