Achievement Unlocked: Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sales Cross 9 Lakh Units In India

Maruti Suzuki Baleno
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Maruti Suzuki is well known for introducing best sellers in the Indian market. Once again, the carmaker managed to bag around 9 lakh unit comprehensive sales for the Baleno hatchback. Interestingly, Baleno was initially launched in India as a hardcore sedan. Further, it was the Baleno Altura that played the role of a station wagon for the brand. However, both of them failed to perform well in India. But even after failing, they managed to bag a decent amount of sales.

The ‘Baleno’ moniker was reintroduced in 2015. But this time as a hatchback. Since the day of its launch, Maruti Suzuki has sold over 9 lakh units till now. Not to forget, Baleno was even the fastest selling premium hatchback to reach the 6 Lakh unit milestone.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno sales have crossed the 9 Lakh unit milestone in just 6 years.
  • It is currently available with a 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine that produces 81.80BHP of power.
  • The hatchback is currently available with a price tag of Rs.5.90 Lakh onwards.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Want to know what makes the Maruti Suzuki Baleno a best seller? Well, heading straightway to answer that. To begin with, Baleno comes with a powerful 1.2-litre VVT engine. To be precise, it produces 81.80BHP of power and 113Nm of torque while being mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Further, it is available with a CVT gearbox as well. According to the ARAI, this hatchback is capable of returning a mileage of somewhere between 19kmpl to 23kmpl.

Another key highlight for the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is its cabin space. Talking in numbers, it is 3995mm long, 1745mm wide and 1510mm tall. The wheelbase in terms of length stands at 2520mm. To conclude, the all-new hatchback can now properly accommodate five occupants easily. Apart from this, it has also got a decent boot carrying capacity.

Feature-wise, the 2021 Baleno comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainments system, automatic climate control, multi-information display (MID), push-button start and multi-functional steering wheel to name a few. On the outside, the hatchback is well-equipped with power foldable wing mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and LED projector headlamps among others.

In terms of safety, it gets dual airbags, rear parking sensors and ABS with EBD. Apart from this, Baleno is also available with 5 different colour schemes to choose from.

Alternatives

In India, Maruti Suzuki Baleno goes head-on against the likes of Hyundai i20, Ford Figo, Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz. For now, take a look at the current popular premium hatchbacks.

Hyundai i20

2021 Hyundai i20 Front
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It is the third generation Hyundai i20 that is currently available in India. Design-wise, the all-new hatchback looks absolutely modern. However, it is the multiple powertrains that give customers the freedom of choice.

Specifications

Hyundai i20
Engine
  • 1197cc (Petrol)
  • 1493cc (Diesel)
  • 998cc (Turbo Petrol)
Power
  • 82BHP (Petrol)
  • 99BHP (Diesel)
  • 118BHP (Turbo Petrol)
Torque
  • 115Nm (Petrol)
  • 240Nm (Diesel)
  • 172Nm (Turbo Petrol)
Key Highlights
  • Aggressive design language
  • Multiple powertrains
  • Rear seat space
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs.6.79 Lakhs to Rs.11.32 Lakhs

Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz
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With a 5-star Global NCAP rating, Tata Altroz is one of the safest cars in the Indian market. Just like the Hyundai i20, it is available with three different powertrains to choose from.

Specifications

Tata Altroz
Engine
  • 1199cc (Petrol)
  • 1497cc (Diesel)
  • 1199cc (Turbo Petrol)
Power
  • 85BHP (Petrol)
  • 89BHP (Diesel)
  • 108BHP (Turbo Petrol)
Torque
  • 113Nm (Petrol)
  • 200Nm (Diesel)
  • 140Nm (Turbo Petrol)
Key Highlights
  • 5-Star GNCAP rating
  • 8-speaker surround sound system
  • Semi digital instrument cluster
  • Hinglish voice commands
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs.5.69 Lakhs to Rs.9.46 Lakhs