2022 Maruti Baleno Facelift Production Begins; Launch Expected Soon
Latest Update: Facelifted Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 9.35 lakh (ex-showroom). Click here for details.
- Production of the 2022 Maruti Baleno facelift has commenced at its Gujrat plant.
- It will be one of the eight launches that Maruti Suzuki has planned for this year.
- Will get plenty of cosmetical updates and new features.
- CVT could be replaced with an AMT unit.
We all know that Maruti Suzuki is working on the Baleno facelift, and it has been spotted several times during testing. And now, a picture of the premium hatchback has surfaced online, revealing that its production began on January 24, 2022.
2022 Maruti Baleno Facelift – What’s New?
While the latest spy image isn’t clear, we already know that the new Baleno will get a host of visual changes as well as new features.
Starting from the exterior, it will get a revised V-shape mesh-pattern front grille that has gotten wider and bolder than the ongoing model. There will also be the new LED headlamps, slightly altered bonnet, redesigned bumpers, and renewed tailgate with a split LED taillamp setup, making its road presence more apparent.
The most significant update will be inside the cabin with a new dashboard layout as well as a bigger floating touchscreen infotainment system (probably of 8-inches). It is likely to get plenty of new features such as wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, connected car tech, a wireless charging pad, a heads-up display (HUD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and six airbags.
Besides, bits such as keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, auto AC, colored multi-info display (MID), etc will be retained.
2022 Maruti Baleno – Engine
The 2022 Maruti Baleno Facelift should retain the ongoing engine options that include 83PS 1.2-litre K12B petrol and 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet Dual-VVT petrol with a mild-hybrid system. A 5-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard, while the CVT automatic unit could be replaced with an AMT option.
Expected Price and Rivals
Considering all the changes, the new Baleno will bear a significant premium over the current model that retails from Rs 6.14 lakh to Rs 9.66 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Once launched, it will emerge as a more prominent offering against the Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, Tata Altroz, and Volkswagen Polo.