The Maruti Baleno gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD on every variant while power comes from the tried and tested 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options.

2016 Maruti Baleno Variants
The Baleno is based on a new lightweight platform, making it lighter than the Swift

Expanding its hatchback portfolio, Maruti Suzuki will soon introduce the 2015 Baleno in the country entering the very popular premium hatchback space. The Baleno is being offered in four variants with power coming from 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol also gets a 4-speed CVT automatic unit on the Delta trim. With the promise to be spacious and tech laden, here is a variant wise break up of all features on the new Baleno.

Sigma – Starting with the exteriors, the base Sigma variant on the Maruti Baleno comes with body coloured door handles instead of chrome, LED tail lamps, blackened A, B and C pillars and rides on 185/65/R15 tyres with no wheel cover. On the inside, aesthetic bits like metal finish on door handles and parking brake is missing and so is glovebox and luggage room illumination, MID unit and leather wrapped steering wheel. In terms of features, the base trim does not get an audio system but comes with –

* Dual front airbags
* ABS with EBD
* Central locking
* Front power windows
* Tilt steering
* Front and rear 12V socket
* Manual AC
* Driver side seatbelt reminder
* Anti-theft security system
* Dual horn

Delta – The Delta trim is available in manual and automatic transmission options and carries over all features from the Sigma. The exterior gets the chrome grille, turn indicators on ORVMs and wheel cover, while the interiors get metal finish on the door handles and parking brake. Feature additions include –

* Audio system with Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity
* Steering mounted audio control
* Remote keyless entry
* Auto climate control
* Auto up power window (Driver’s side)
* Rear power windows
* Electrically foldable ORVMs
* Front and rear adjustable head rests
* 60:40 split seat
* Reverse parking sensors
* Rear defogger

Zeta – The Zeta trim is loaded on most features and gets exterior upgrades like chrome door handles, 195/55/R16 alloy wheels, UV cut glass, 16-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps, while the interiors get illumination for the glovebox, luggage room, front footwell along with the auto dimming IRVM. The feature list is added with –

* Auto headlamps
* MID unit
* Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
* Follow me home headlights
* Front centre armrest with storage
* Height adjustable driver’s seat
* Push start/stop with smart key

Alpha – The top-of-the-line Alpha variant comes loaded with all the bells and whistles and retains the aesthetic look from the Zeta trim on the exterior and interior. The feature list now boasts of –

* Projector headlamps
* LED daytime running lights
* SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system
* Navigation
* Voice command
* Smartphone connection/Apple CarPlay
* Reverse parking camera

The 2015 Maruti Baleno will be offered in 6 colour options including Fire Red, Metallic Premium Silver, Autumn Orange, Urban Blue, Pearl Arctic White and Granite Grey. The car is based on an all new platform that makes it lighter than the Swift and quite frugal too with an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 21.4 km/l on the petrol (manual and CVT) while the diesel returns 27.39 km/l. India will be the production hub for the Baleno globally witnessing 99 percent localisation and hence, one can expect prices to be very aggressive. The hatchback will be the second premium offering to be sold via NEXA dealerships across the country.

Maruti Baleno Brochure Variant Details
The Baleno’s main rival in the segment is the Hyundai Elite i20
Maruti Baleno Brochure
The premium hatchback will go on sale in Europe early next year
Maruti Baleno RHD Interior
The black clutter free layout looks good, the switches are all new

2016 Maruti Baleno Interior

2016 Maruti Baleno Front
The top Alpha trim gets projector headlamps and LED DRLs
2016 Maruti Baleno Side
The Baleno is one of the more fuel efficient cars in its class
2016 Maruti Baleno Specifications
The Baleno is scheduled for launch on 26th October via NEXA dealerships