Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift expected to launch on 27 January; bookings open

New features may include a shark-fin antenna and the possible addition of a cruise control system.

A news report suggests that the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Baleno is expected to launch in India on 27 January. Nexa dealers have also started accepting bookings at amounts ranging from Rs 11,000 to Rs 21,000. Deliveries are expected to begin in February.

We've seen the facelifted Baleno in spy photos earlier. The Baleno will get a new design for the front bumper. This is sportier looking and gets a larger air dam. There are also two smaller air intakes on either side with upswept ends. There might also be a new alloy wheel design and similarly minor changes to the rear.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

Some new feature additions may include a shark-fin antenna and the possible addition of a cruise control system.

Mechanically, the Baleno will possibly continue with its 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. The diesel motor puts out 75PS and 190 Nm while the petrol motor makes 84PS/115Nm. A five-speed manual and a CVT are the two transmission options. The Baleno is based on Maruti Suzuki's Heartect platform.

Expect to pay a slight premium over the current car, around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. The current Baleno range starts at Rs 5.38 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The Baleno has been the segment leader since its launch in 2015 and this update will help Maruti Suzuki hold on to its lead. Both its closest rivals, the Hyundai i20 and Honda jazz have received updates since the Baleno has been on sale.

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