The new generation Maruti Baleno will continue to take on the likes of the Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz
Maruti Baleno has won the title of top selling premium hatch for quite some time now. To ensure that it remains relevant to evolving market trends and consumer preferences, Maruti is expected to launch an updated, new gen variant soon. Maruti may also bring back the sportier RS variant to take on the Altroz iTurbo and the upcoming i20 N line.
2022 Maruti Baleno Style Update
The earlier spy shots showed the exteriors, while the new spy shots showed the interiors for the first time. These exclusive images of 2022 Maruti Baleno interiors are credited to YouTube channel Harsh Vlogs. Hat tip to automobile_india1 for sharing the update with us.
It would be safe to assume that the 2022 Baleno will pack in a series of exterior enhancements. Among the things that are recognizable even with the heavy camouflage are the sleek tail lamps. In comparison, the tail lamps of the current model have a larger, rounded profile. The rear bumper and spoiler seem to have been updated as well. The prominent chrome bar at the rear appears to have been retained.
It is likely that the 2022 Maruti Baleno will get an updated front fascia. We can expect revisions to the headlamps and front bumper. The side profile looks pretty much the same, but there could be some subtle changes. The test mule can also be seen using a new set of wheels.
Interior of the 2022 Baleno gets a completely redesigned layout, with more features – including cruise control and a new touchscreen infotainment system. The hatch could use new upholstery and get some new features. The current Baleno model gets features like new SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system, navigation system with live traffic updates, smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth, steering mounted audio controls and voice commands.
Many features can also be accessed remotely through the SmartPlay Studio app. Other key features include remote keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, tilt and telescopic steering, push button start/stop, auto AC, and follow me home/led to vehicle headlamps.
In terms of safety, the Maruti Baleno gets dual airbags, immobilizer, ABS with EBD, auto dimming IRVM, reverse parking sensor and camera and high speed warning. Most of these features will continue with the 2022 Baleno.
2022 Maruti Baleno Engine & Specs
In its current form, the Baleno is available with petrol and smart hybrid powertrain options. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre VVT engine that is capable of producing 82 HP of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT transmission.
The Baleno Smart Hybrid variant is powered by a 1.2L DualJet, Dual VVT motor. It connects to an integrated starter generator powered by lithium-ion and lead acid batteries. Together, the powertrain offers a superior driving experience. The hybrid powertrain bumps up the power output to 89 hp, though the torque output remains unchanged. The Baleno Smart Hybrid is only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Maruti is also said to be testing a stronger hybrid and a diesel version of the Baleno. It is not certain whether these will be part of the 2022 update.