The Maruti Baleno was launched back in October 2015. In a record time of just 44 months, which is less than four years, it has found over 6 lakh customers. It has stayed at the leading position in the premium hatchback segment since its launch and currently enjoys an overall market share of over 27% in the A2+ Segment.
The Maruti Baleno is exclusively manufactured in India and is the first highly successful product to be sold through the NEXA premium outlets that are spread across 200+ cities nationwide. It received a facelift just earlier this month, with which it became the country's first high-volume announced with a BS-VI engine. In fact, there are two BS-VI engines on offer, one of which is a new, 1.2L Dual Jet Dual VVT petrol unit featuring a dual-battery mild-hybrid system. In all, there are four engine options on offer now, as listed below:
- BS-VI 1.2L VVT petrol: 61 kW (82.94 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, 5-MT/CVT, 21.01 km/l (5-MT)/19.56 km/l
- BS-VI 1.2L Dualjet Dual VVT petrol with smart Hybrid mild-hybrid system: 66 kW (89.74PS) at 6,000 rpm and 113Nm at 4,400 rpm, 5-speed MT, 23.87 km/l
- BS-IV 1.3L DDiS 190 diesel: 55.2 kW (75 PS) at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm, 5-MT, 27.39 km/l
- BS-IV 1.0L BoosterJet DITC petrol (Baleno RS): 72 kW (97.8 PS) at 5,500 and 150 Nm at 1,700- 4,500 rpm, 5-MT, 21.1 km/l
Commenting on the latest sales milestone, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “Baleno is India’s most preferred premium hatchback. Continuous alignment with customer’s expectations and desires along with periodic upgrades in terms of technology, have kept Baleno in the lead in customer’s decision making. We thank our customers for their continued support that has helped Baleno to create this industry benchmark of fastest 6 lakh sales milestone.”
The Maruti Baleno's prices start at INR 5,58,602 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It competes against the likes of the Hyundai i20, and the upcoming Tata Altroz.