Maruti Suzuki has launched their new age Baleno named 2022 Baleno a few weeks before. The major highlights of the car include the new HUD (Heads up display), Nextgen Smart Play Studio, and the new 360 degrees parking system. But how are other things working, well to know more continue to this next blog of the Review Series.
On the Point
The new Baleno is powered by a K Series 1.2L Petrol motor which happens to be a DualJet, Dual VVT unit. The engine is capable of producing 66kW@6000rpm of power along with a torque output of 144Nm@4400rpm.
The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual as well an automatic transmission system.
The claimed mileage happens to be 22.35kmpl for manual transmission and 22.94 for the automatic one!
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The major changes across this new facelift happen to be in the front and rear sides of the vehicle. Further in front, the refinement is done in the front headlamps, which features a new projector setup along with separated crystal LED DRLs with halogen indicators. The foglamps that are placed on the bumpers happen to be the new LED units.
The side profile of the vehicle doesn’t feature any significant change except the camera placed under the ORVMs for the sake of 360 degrees parking system. The roof angle at the rear is also decreased to aid in aero-efficiency which happens to be increased by 6% now. The alloy also looks nice but will remind you of the older ones as nothing much has changed in them.
The rear profile of the vehicle has significantly improved and major changes have been made in the taillamps. The taillamps feature some sort of smoked finish this time and follow the same crystal light treatment as in the front with previously seen circular LED brake lights.
The interiors have been massively revised with the new dashboard design which is hugely dominated by the new steering wheel which happens to be carried from Maruti Suzuki Swift and the new Smart Play Studio. The color scheme of the interiors feels very matchy even with the seat cover design. The new infotainment system happens to be 22.68cm in size and features Maruti Suzuki’s new-age app connection system. Below the infotainment system there sits the automatic Air conditioning system which features physical buttons.
The central console feature a full-sized USB charging socket with a standard 12V charging socket. The gear lever is finished in some sort of chrome treatment and the twin cupholders have been placed just in front of it.
On to the driver’s side, the steering wheel features mounted controls and the wheel can be adjusted both for height and reach. The instrument cluster is also nice but nothing has been changed in it and is solely from the previous Baleno. A new Heads Up display happens to be intact in a glass slab and is further a reclinable unit that can be controlled via physical controls mounted on the side of the steering wheel.
The rear compartment features a lot of space especially when the hatchback segment is considered just like the previous age Baleno. The rear seat gets two adjustable headrests with a 60:40 splitting seat ratio.
The AC vents have also been provided for the rear passengers with a full-sized USB and USB-Type C ports for charging.
The seat is comfortable enough considering the hatchback segment, with a good amount of legroom, knee room, and under-thigh support Baleno is the best in terms of rear comfort. The boot carrying capacity which happens to 318L is great but is significantly smaller than the previous age Baleno by 21 Litres.
In terms of safety measures, Baleno 2022 is based on the HEARTECT platform just like the previous one but features other safety techs such as 6 Airbags, 360 degrees parking cameras, etc.
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Well, the new Baleno happens to be a great value-for-money package just like the previous one but unfortunately, it gets some limitations as well:
- Hard Plastics: The use of hard plastics is universal in almost all Maruti vehicles available in India and so did the Baleno as well. The plastic parts are finished well, but the actual difference is observed when the user touches it. This thing is really disappointing especially when the overall look and appeal of the vehicle seems premium.
- Rear Compartment: Although the rear compartment is decent enough, but misses out on the most common features such as the middle rear headrest and the rear center armrest.
- No Sunroof: Well, no Maruti vehicle features a sunroof in India right now but fortunately its competitors get so which makes it important to highlight this point in the limitations set.
- Boot: The boots space of the vehicle seems fine but the problem is the high loading lip which makes it difficult to put the luggage inside.
Well, no confusion Maruti manufactures only value-for-money vehicles which are in great demand in India. The value-for-money features such as the high-efficiency, longer life, and of course wide service network aid to increase the sale figure of its vehicles. The Baleno is truly made on these objectives with few upgrades on safety.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from Maruti Suzuki’s official website.