Maruti Suzuki has hit another milestone this time with the Baleno. The premium hatchback has achieved 5 lakh sales. Launched in October 2015, the Baleno has commanded 27% market share in the A2+ segment, a result evoked in just 38 months.
Baleno has enjoyed unparallel leadership and refined the premium compact segment with its unique liquid flow design and state of the art features and safety standards.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Baleno has become a resounding success in the highly competitive premium hatchback segment. It is a testimony of our best in class technology and customer experience. Our engineers have ensured that Baleno offers superior ride and handling, class leading performance and safety. With a staggering 20.6 % growth in first half of 2018-19, Baleno has been among the top selling cars in India, since 2016. We are grateful for our customers’ constant support that has made Baleno India’s most preferred premium hatchback.”
Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno is exclusively made in India and exported to Japan. The car comes with a long feature list such as LED daytime running lamps, chrome door handles, leather wrapped steering wheel, auto headlamps, Smartplay infotainment system and keyless entry. It also comes with front disc brakes and child safety seat anchorages as standard.
Powering the car is same 83 bhp 1.2 litre petrol and 74 bhp 1.3 litre diesel engines, while transmission options includes a 5–speed manual and CVT, while the diesel gets only a 5-speed manual as standard.
The Baleno can also be had in a sportier and powerful RS trim. This variant gets added body kit in the form of side skirts and a roof spoiler. Under the hood is 1.0 litre boosterjet motor that churns out 100 bhp and 150 Nm of torque, transmission options however are limited to just a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
Despite having strong competition in the form of the Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo, the Baleno has tasted phenomenal response from not just from the Indian market, but from global markets such as Australia, Europe, Latin America and East Asia as well