If you are worried about your personal data getting leaked and ending up with a person with ill-intent, automotive manufacturers are currently floating in the same boat. Manufacturers are finding it very hard to keep their new products under wraps until their official launch. Just a week before the official launch of the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Baleno, its leaked images have stormed on the internet. We don’t need to necessarily wait for the official launch because the images are stark clear, revealing almost everything about the updated premium hatchback.
The facelifted Baleno looks like it went to a parlor for a touch-up, rather than to a cosmetic surgeon for liposuction and other related jobs. Abusing the cliché, its aesthetics are an evolution of the outgoing model. It gets a wider grille with a honeycomb pattern and a brushed silver strip does its job of providing some visual flair upfront. The headlights too, are redesigned and now receive a new tri-arrow LED DRL setup. The design of the clamshell bonnet appears to be a bit flatter than before.
The side profile is indistinctively Baleno because not much has changed. The new C-shaped LED tail-lights are the biggest change its rear end has received.
Apart from its exterior styling, Maruti has also heavily tweaked the facelifted Baleno’s cabin. Gone are the days when the combination of beige and black shade used to rule the roost. Manufacturers are now playing with the colour palette to make the cabin of their offerings pop more. The same philosophy has been borrowed by Maruti Suzuki as the facelifted Baleno’s dashboard has a three-layered design- black on top, a silver line running in the middle and dark blue shaded lower section. This layered design of the dashboard certainly makes the Baleno feel fresh.
The updated Baleno is going to benefit from an updated and bigger 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit as well. It is also going to come equipped with smartphone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The surround sound system is going to be sourced from the house of Arkamys. The upcoming Baleno is also going to be the first hatchback in its segment to feature a head-up display (HUD).
Safety and Performance
Maruti will try to turn things around with the Baleno in the safety department as it is slated to get six airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors as well as electronic stability control.
Expect the Baleno to derive its performance from the 90PS 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine, paired with a 5-speed manual and optional 5-speed AMT.