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2016 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

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The trend of premium hatchback is once again back in the Indian market and this segment is positioned just above the standard hatchback segment. Recently we have seen some new entrants which includes the recently introduced Honda Jazz, Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo and the top contender the Hyundai Elite i20 hatchback. Maruti although has their Swift hatchback which is one capable and popular offering, but honestly it falls short when compared to its competitors in many fields.

Now Maruti does not really want to remain invisible from this segment which looks promising and has got lot of potential. When Suzuki decided to showcase the iK-2 concept during the 2015, Geneva Motor Show, we knew something is coming from Maruti and soon

The iK-2 concept surely looked practical enough unlike other concepts and almost production ready. Now according to the recent reports it was already spotted couple of times being tested both on the European and Indian roads as well.

This hatchback definitely promises to be a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki and will be slightly bigger than the their existing and ageing Swift hatchback. The bigger dimension has also resulted in an increased interior room as well, and just because this will be a premium offering thus also expect it to come loaded with more gizmos inside than the existing Swift.

Under the hood the Suzuki Baleno/YRA extracts its power from the 1.2 Litre K Series petrol motor while the diesel variant gets the 1.3 Litre Multijet diesel units. There are also talks that it will even get a more powerful 1.4 Litre unit too while the diesel will get the bigger 1.6 Litre unit which also powers the recently launched S-Cross Crosover.

Update 26/10/15:-Maruti has officially launched the Baleno hatchback on 26th of October 2015 and now all the details are available so we have decided to update this review with all the information. We must also inform you that the hatchback will be sold via the Nexa outlets which presently also sells Maruti’s only premium Crossover the S-Cross.

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2017 Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS

2017 Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS

The Baleno RS gets additional power but actually gets a more frugal petrol unit

Maruti showcased the Baleno RS Concept at the 2016 Auto expo and although this looked identical to the standard Baleno hatchback with fewer exceptions but actually features a more powerful engine under the hood. Maruti already launched the Baleno in India and after a year after of the 2016 Auto Expo, in an attempt to impress the Indian customers who love performance-oriented hatchbacks they now launched the Baleno RS hatchback.

Like we already mentioned above the Baleno RS gets a slightly more powerful engine under the hood and is actually a performance oriented hatch and one of its kind from the stable of Maruti Suzuki. The RS variant is positioned above the existing hatchback and is sold through the Nexa showrooms.

The report suggested that the newest performance-oriented hatchback gets a slightly more powerful 1.0-liter Boosterjet unit. The new engine which also makes its Indian debut promises to deliver an impressive amount of power and torque figures along with an exceptional fuel efficiency figures.

Update 06.03.2017:- Maruti launched the Baleno RS hatchback in India and the prices and details are updated in this review.

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5 Quick Points About The Maruti Baleno RS Launching On 3rd March

5 Quick Points About The Maruti Baleno RS Launching On 3rd March

Bookings now open for this hot hatchback!

We all have talked about this car so much recently that we do not need to re-introduce the Baleno RS once again. The car was showcased first at the 2016 Auto expo and after exactly a year Maruti has decided to introduce the RS variant of the hatchback in India. Recently they also have revealed all the details of the soon to be launched hatchback along with some images as well.

Before we head into anything else let us remind you that Maruti will be launching the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March 2017. This hatchback will be positioned on top of the standard Baleno and will be sold via the Hexa dealerships.

The Indian spec Baleno RS will be powered by a completely new 1.0, three cylinder Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine which will produce about 75 KW/ 102 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque at 1700-4500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission only. Talking about the new powertrain, this is the same detuned variant o the 1.0 Litre unit which powers the International spec Baleno hatchback. The completely new 1.0 Litre unit will also debut with the Baleno RS as well and could power some future Maruti products as well.

Now like we promised here are the 5 quick points that you should know about new Maruti Baleno RS hatchback.

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Suzuki Ignis & India Made Baleno Gets Nominated For 2017 World Car Of The Year Award (WCOTY)

Suzuki Ignis & India Made Baleno Gets Nominated For 2017 World Car Of The Year Award (WCOTY)

Both the cars share a special place in the Indian market

According to the latest reports both the Suzuki Ignis as well as the Baleno has been nominated for the 2017 World Car of the Year award in the new ‘Urban Car’ category. Now the particular reason why we are interested in this news is because of two reasons. The first one is keeping in mind the fact that the Baleno is already sold in the Indian market while the Ignis will be launched in between the time period of January-March 2017. While the second one being the fact that India is actually the production hub for both these cars.

The Suzuki Baleno is currently already being produced as well as exported from Maruti Suzuki’s production plants located both in Manesar and Gurgaon. Apart from the Baleno Maruti Suzuki will also start producing and also export the Ignis Crossover at their newest facility in Gujarat which has been prepped up to work on the new platform.

Coming to the new Urban car category, the criteria which the contenders will have to match to be nominated for the WCOTY award are each and every vehicle should have to be less than 4 metres in overall length, the car will have to be on sale in the two continents by spring 2017.

Now both the Baleno as well as the Ignis measures less than 4 metres in length. The Baleno is already on sale in the markets of Japan and also Europe while the Ignis Crossover is already on sale in the markets of Japan and will also be on sale in some other markets as well.

Both the Baleno as well as the Ignis will compete with six different cars in this particular category.

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Nissan Micra vs Maruti-Suzuki Baleno; Spec Comparison

Nissan Micra vs Maruti-Suzuki Baleno; Spec Comparison

New Micra comes sporting heavy cosmetic updates

Hatchback is certainly the most competitive and popular automotive segment in Indian market. But with time, customers are looking for new dimensions in the small hatchbacks. They expect the new models to come more premium, more feature laden more stylish and more powerful. To cope with the demand the automakers are bringing us some spectacular new models. The old dull and Spartan models are donning stylish guise.

So far, the hatchbacks are becoming more upmarket. Nissan Micra is present in India for quite some years. The car has been very practical and sporty looking. But in India it couldn’t fetch a good amount of sales volume. Meanwhile the Maruti-Suzuki, which is the most popular and best selling automotive brand in India, has launched the Baleno premium hatchback last year. The Baleno has garnered enormous popularity across the country.

Nissan has already begun testing the new Micra, which is expected to launch in India sometime around 2018. The car is expected to make its official global debut at the upcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show. In India, the new Micra will compete against Maruti-Suzuki Baleno. While the Baleno is already a premium hatchback, the new Nissan Micra has been designed to enter the premium niche. Here we present you a spec sheet based comparison between the two hatchbacks.

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Can Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS be the most interesting hot hatchback in India?

Can Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS be the most interesting hot hatchback in India?

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS is expected to launch during festive season, 2016

The biggest automaker in India, Maruti-Suzuki is expected to launch its first performance oriented hatchback in India during upcoming festive season. The automaker showcased the Baleno RS concept model at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. Based on the automaker’s premium hatchback Baleno, the Baleno RS will feature some sporty accessories.

Given the fact that the hot hatch segment in India is flourishing, the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS could become a very interesting and a successful model in the country. But, can it take the spot of the top hot hatch in the country? Let’s find out.

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These are the 5 most fuel efficient cars available in India today

These are the 5 most fuel efficient cars available in India today

Maruti-Suzuki has a strong hold in the fuel efficient car space

We the Indian customers are notoriously known for our price sensitiveness. When it comes to purchasing a car or a motorcycle, the first and foremost question we ask to the dealers is the fuel economy. No wonder, it’s in the DNA of Indian customers to ask for the fuel efficiency of a car or motorcycle before they buy it. So, the fuel efficiency figure matters most both for the customers and the automakers. Every automaker tries to impress the customers, by stating how good fuel efficient their cars are.

We chose top 5 fuel efficient cars in India at present regardless of petrol, diesel or hybrid powertrain. As it seems, the Maruti-Suzuki dominates the space heavily, as they have the largest share in the space. Here, let us take a close look.

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Hatchback to SUV: Top 5 Hot Selling Cars in India

Hatchback to SUV: Top 5 Hot Selling Cars in India

Maruti-Suzuki has clearly a strong grab in the bestselling segment

As the demand for new cars in India are constantly rising, the auto manufacturers present in the country are on a spree to deliver new models and facelifts to the customers. In recent times we have seen quite a few new models introduced in the country. Not only that, it is also expected that the Indian market is about to experience the entry of several new models in the country in few years.

Meanwhile, we take a look at the cars which has become the hottest selling models recently in the country in very short span of time. No wonder, among the top five list Maruti-Suzuki has a strong presence, while the other automakers like Toyota and Tata Motors are also fighting to get a spot in the list. Here, let’s take a look at the top five hot selling cars of the country at present.

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Maruti-Suzuki initiates its biggest recall ever in India

Maruti-Suzuki initiates its biggest recall ever in India

75,419 Baleno cars and 1,961 DZire cars have been affected

Indo-Japanese automaker Maruti-Suzuki is the most popular and best selling automotive brand in India. The company is all set to initiate its biggest recall program in India from 31st May, 2016 onwards. The recall program includes 75419 units of Maruti-Suzuki Baleno premium hatchbacks and 1961 units of Maruti-Suzuki Swift Dzire compact sedans.

The Maruti Suzuki Balenos manufactured between 3rd August, 2015 to 17th May, 2016, and include both petrol and diesel variants. These Balenos will receive an upgrade in the airbag controller software. Among these Balenos a total of 15995 units diesel variants manufactured between 3rd August, 2015 to 22nd March, 2016 will receive an additional inspection and replacement of faulty fuel filter. Moreover, a total of 17231 units of Baleno come as exported models. Apart from the Balenos, Maruti-Suzuki has recalled 1961 units of diesel powered Swift Dzire compact sedans which are equipped with Auto Gear Shift or AGS. These compact sedans will be attended for inspection and replacement of faulty fuel filter.

The recall program is scheduled to begin on 31st May, 2016. The Maruti-Suzuki dealers will contact the respective owners of the recalled vehicles. All these software upgrades and replacement of the faulty fuel filters will be done without any cost. The owners of the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno and Maruti-Suzuki Swift Dzires can check if their vehicle comes under the recall program or not by logging in to the www.nexaexperience.com for Baleno and www.marutisuzuki.com for Swift Dzire. The owners can fill in the chassis number to check if their cars are covered under the program or not.

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India made Maruti-Suzuki Baleno will launch in UK on 1st June

India made Maruti-Suzuki Baleno will launch in UK on 1st June

UK spec Baleno will get a SHVS variant as well

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno has garnered popularity and success in both the Indian domestic market and in overseas market. Baleno became the first India made Maruti-Suzuki car to be exported in Japan, land of Suzuki’s origin. The Baleno is exported to several other overseas markets as well. Now the India made premium hatchback is going to launch in UK on 1st June.

The UK spec Baleno is loaded with features inside the cabin. The car gets HID headlamps, 16 inch alloy wheels, six airbags for all the occupants even on the base variant, which make the car really attractive. The cabin will come featuring a touchscreen infotainment system which will sport satellite based navigation system. On the safety front the car will receive cruise control with speed limiter alongside the six airbags.

On the power front the car will be powered by two different engine options. The first one is the a 1.0 litre three cylinder Boosterjet turbo petrol engine producing 111 PS of peak power and 170 Nm of peak torque, while the transmission duty will be done by a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car will receive a 6 speed automatic transmission as well, which will deliver 160 Nm of peak torque. The manual variant would be able to accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 11.4 seconds. The automatic variant would reach the same in 11 seconds.

Interestingly, there will be a second engine option which will be a 1.2 litre Dualjet engine with SHVS technology available in the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz. This engine will produce around 111 PS of peak power and 170 Nm of peak torque. In UK the Baleno will be priced around GBP 12999 to GBP 15349.

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Vitara Brezza & Baleno Helps Maruti To Regain Their Lost Position

Vitara Brezza & Baleno Helps Maruti To Regain Their Lost Position

The two premium offerings helped the auto maker up their game

According to a recent report on ET Auto Maruti Suzuki India took control over 48 percent share of domestic passenger vehicle segment. This was possible because of the amazing sales numbers of their models like the Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and the S-Cross.

MSI Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, R S Kalsi said, that the growth of their new model has received 17 percent more growth this year compared to the same models in the last fiscal. The new premium offerings like the Ciaz, Baleno, Vitara Brezza and S Cross helped them to add the growth numbers. He also added that making their existence felt in the new segments like has helped in bringing the additional sales volume numbers.

Maruti Suzuki India was able to sell total of 25,603 units of their premium models which consists of the Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Ciaz and S-Cross which actually has contributed to 25.42 per cent share of the auto manufacturer’s total domestic sales numbers.

What is also surprising is the fact that the bookings for their new compact SUV Vitara Brezza have crossed 55, 000 mark while the Baleno too impressed the auto makers with its sales numbers.

Maruti Suzuki has sold a total of 1,17,045 units in domestic market last month which is almost 16.2 per cent more than the sales figures of the previous year.

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India made Maruti-Suzuki Baleno's top variant scored 4 star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash test

India made Maruti-Suzuki Baleno’s top variant scored 4 star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash test

The top variant received 4 star rating, while the standard variant got 3 star

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno is certainly one of the important models for the Indo Japanese automaker. The premium hatchback was launched last year with much expectation, and it rapidly gained popularity in Indian market. Apart from being an important model in Indian market, this is also the model Maruti-Suzuki exports vehemently. Recently at the Euro NCAP crash test the car has received 4 star safety rating. In Euro NCAP’s dual variant testing procedure the top variant of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno which gets safety pack like Radar Braking system, received 4 star safety rating. On the other hand the standard variant which is similar to the India spec model received 3 star safety rating.

This is the first time Euro NCAP tested dual variants of the same model, according to their new crash test strategy. The top variant of the Baleno gets 85% for adult safety, 73% for child safety and 65% pedestrian safety alongside 43% for Safety Assist Systems. The car gets a safety pack which includes Radar Brake Support. This technology applies brake autonomously, in case of a possible collision scenario ahead of the vehicle. The standard variant of the Baleno on the other hand gets one less star rating because of its reduced safety features. It gets 80& for adult safety, which is 5% less than the top variant.

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Maruti-Suzuki launched Baleno Zeta automatic variant at INR. 7.48 lakh

Maruti-Suzuki launched Baleno Zeta automatic variant at INR. 7.48 lakh

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno is the second bestselling model in the segment

Maruti-Suzuki launched the Baleno premium hatchback in October, last year. Since then it has been garnering quite an interest from customers. The Indo Japanese automaker has now introduced an all new automatic variant to the top trim Zeta at a price tag of 7.48 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).

Until now, the automaker has been offering the CVT gearbox with the lower Delta trim only. Due to that customers had to compromise with the features inside the cabin, which has been a reason of displeasure for many. But, now the Zeta trim is available with the automatic transmission, they don’t need to lose out the features anymore. Moreover, it will save the driver from the hassle of clutch pressing and gear shifting in bumper to bumper traffic.

The Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Zeta trim comes with additional features over the Delta trim, which are – automatic follow me headlights, fog lamps, chrome garnished door handle bars, sporty alloy wheels, adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver seat, front centre arm rest with storage compartment, illuminated glove box, illumination at the luggage compartment, keyless entry, Start/Stop button and colour TFT display.

India’s largest car maker has seen a steep rise in the sales figure of the Baleno despite higher competition level. The demand is so high for this vehicle, that the waiting period is reasonably longer. Hyundai will be launching their popular Elite i20 premium hatchback with a 7 speed automatic gearbox soon, which is believed to have triggered the introduction of this CVT gearbox to the Baleno.

Powering the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno automatic variant is a 1.2 litre K Series petrol engine, which churns out 85 PS peak power and 115 Nm peak torque. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl. Although the Alpha trim is the top end trim in the Baleno lineup, but the automaker doesn’t offer any automatic gearbox to that trim.

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Five Popular Hatchbacks Offering Automatic Transmissions

Five Popular Hatchbacks Offering Automatic Transmissions

Some of the best compact hatchbacks that you can afford

No wonder, in India compact hatchback segment is the most popular and most competitive car segment. Almost every other automaker is trying to get a fare share of the market pie in this segment. The Indian traffic scenarios in the cities are surely the last places where you want to drive your car. Yes, in the bumper to bumper traffic pressing the clutch pedal and shifting gears frequently often take away the charm of driving. In this case, many of the Indian drivers like to opt for an automatic transmission.

Maruti Suzuki was the first automaker to introduce the AMT gearbox in India. Later they offered plenty of cars with AMT. Alongside several other car makers have been offering automatic transmission in their cars.

Here we will give you an idea, which are the hatchbacks with automatic transmissions available in the country. Let’s take a look here.

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Top 5 Stylish Sub-8 Lakh Rupee Hatchbacks Available In India

Top 5 Stylish Sub-8 Lakh Rupee Hatchbacks Available In India

Budget Hatchbacks that you can proudly drive into any Red carpet event

Styling has always been one of the major priorities of the Indian customers from the very beginning, although there were not many competitions earlier but now that the Indian car market has gotten intense and there are also plenty of options favoring the customers, the pressure is now completely on the car makers.

In the recent times we have seen auto manufacturers are not only trying to provide the Indian car customers best value for money products but they are also paying special attention towards their cars styling and appearance as well. Few modern styling accessories like Daytime running lamps, sporty wheel rims, sporty bumpers and integrated spoilers have now become part of even regular budget hatchbacks as well.

Although the choices and the sense of style vary from person to person still we have tried to pick 5 stylish budget hatchbacks from the lot which has all the appeal to stand out in the crowd.

Below provided is the list of top 5 stylish sub eight Lakh Rupee hatchbacks available in the Indian market today.

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Exciting Maruti-Suzuki launches coming in 2016

Exciting Maruti-Suzuki launches coming in 2016

Every Auto Expo gives us a preview of several upcoming cars. This year too was no difference. At the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016 several automakers showcased their products, which will be launched in a few months in Indian market. A few new brands made entry to Indian market as well. Maruti Suzuki being the biggest automaker in the country was at the centre of attraction. They showcased two different and new models in form of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Maruti Suzuki Ignis. Both the models attracted plenty of visitors and Brezza was visibly the most happening car of the Indian Auto Expo 2016.

Alongside the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Maruti Suzuki Ignis the Indo-Japanese automaker also showcased a performance oriented Baleno christened as Baleno RS, in concept form although.

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Flashback 2015: 10 hottest car launches

Flashback 2015: 10 hottest car launches

The countdown has begun. We are about to leave 2015 and start our journey in the year 2016. Like every year, 2015 too brought us some stunning cars. We observed some completely new models, some new generation models and several facelift cars launched in our country. In a few months we are about to see some spectacular car launches in the country. In the meantime, when we are counting down the last hours of the 2015, let’s take a look back at the hottest car launches of 2015.

In the year 2015, we have seen some gorgeous German luxury utility and sports models like new Audi Q7, BMW I8, and Mercedes Benz AMG GT made entry into Indian automobile market, while Swedish automaker Volvo has launched XC90, which can be called an epitome of luxury and undoubtedly one of the safest cars of the world at present. American automaker Ford has launched a rejuvenated Ford Figo, which looks absolutely stylish. Hyundai launched a stylish SUV Creta, which became an immense hit among Indians. Mahindra, undoubtedly the most popular SUV maker of the country has been at the losing end of the battle because of steep competition from other automakers. They tried to bring back their good luck by launching TUV300, a rugged looking revolutionary SUV inspired by a battle tank design. In the hatchback segment the most profound entry was in form of Renault Kwid. So many things in so little budget; imagination is possible now with Kwid.

Well, the list goes on and on. We choose 10 hottest cars among so many, which were launched in the year 2015. Here are those hottest 10s presented in an alphabetic manner. Check out.

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Maruti-Suzuki offers optional dual airbags and ABS with Swift and Dzire

Maruti-Suzuki offers optional dual airbags and ABS with Swift and Dzire

In the context of Maruti Suzuki Baleno crash event last week Maruti Suzuki has decided to offer dual airbags and ABS to all the variants of Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire. Although these safety features are available as an option only. Recently after the horrifically crumpled image of the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Baleno made headlines in national media, Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s structural integrity faced questions. We assume this is the reason Maruti Suzuki took steps to equip the Swift and Dzire with such safety features.

Incidentally Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire are two most sold and very popular cars in India. The Indo-Japanese auto manufacturer has sold more than 17000 units of Swift and Dzire in the fiscal year 2014-2015.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, MSIL, has said, “Swift and DZire are two of the most popular cars in India. Both have played an instrumental role in shaping the Indian automobile industry. The cars are known for contemporary styling, superior comfort, convenience features and performance. By offering driver and co-driver airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) across all variants of Swift and DZire, we want to further strengthen their popularity among customers.”

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‘The Bold Side of NEXA': Maruti-Suzuki Baleno TVC looks energetic: Video

‘The Bold Side of NEXA’: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno TVC looks energetic: Video

As you all know, Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA dealership is all about premium. The showroom itself comes as premium dealership and it showcases two premium cars from Maruti Suzuki, which are Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and recently launched Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

‘The Bold Side of NEXA’ TVC went on air from 15th October, 2015, which also showcase the new Baleno premium hatchback. The new TVC definitely looks quite energetic, and it will surely attract several customers toward the NEXA showrooms. The advertisement clearly emphasize on the premium quality and sophistication of this new range of dealerships as well as the Baleno also. Eventually, these NEXA showrooms emphasizes on giving customers a technologically advanced showroom experience. The TVC also shows, what actually can be a new age automobile showroom. Incidentally, Maruti Suzuki NEXA showrooms was inaugurated first on 23rd July this year, and this set of new dealerships were built precisely to cater the premium class with premium segment cars.

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Is Maruti-Suzuki Baleno really a better value for money against Maruti Suzuki Swift?

Is Maruti-Suzuki Baleno really a better value for money against Maruti Suzuki Swift?

Maruti Suzuki Swift has become one of the most popular cars of all time in Indian automobile market. This is one such car which has won many hearts in India, as well as in international market too. In India, compact hatchbacks are the most selling vehicle as the people at large of this country are very much conscious about the prices. Although premium hatchbacks are not that much popular in the country, but Maruti Suzuki Swift tells a different tale.

The new generation of Indian customers is looking for new ideas, new design, premium feel, comfort while buying cars. The Japanese car maker Honda launched Jazz a few days ago in India, which is a premium hatchback. Now walking on the same route Maruti Suzuki has launched Baleno, which is their answer against the Jazz and another premium segment hatchback of the country Hyundai Elite i20.

Now the talk of the town is; whether Baleno is going to eat the market share of the Swift. Both are from the same house, and evidently Baleno comes with new design, new style statement and of course better appeal. On the other hand the Maruti Suzuki Swift has become quite ageing and old. Therefore, the Baleno is certainly expected to get better interest among customers than the Swift. How? Here, we tried to bring you an insight.

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Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo

Hatchback segment is the most popular segment in Indian market. Although Indian market is vehemently price conscious, but now a day many customers are looking for premium qualities and features in a hatchback. The touch of luxury and economic compactness of hatchback – both these facilities come in this premium hatchback package.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was one such premium car, with which the Indo-Japanese company made their footstep into the premium car segment of Indian automobile market. Next to Ciaz, the second premium car from them is Baleno, which was unveiled for as IK-2 concept car in the Geneva Motor Show. Later in Frankfurt Motor Show Suzuki unveiled Baleno. It is expected in India soon.

As Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the next premium hatchback of the country, waiting to hit the Indian market from the house of India’s largest auto manufacturer. While it is all set to make its footstep in Indian market, there are some other vehicles from other brands waiting to give this Baleno a tough competition. Among those cars, the first one is next generation Honda Jazz, which was launched a few months ago. There are other cars like Hyundai i20; which has been very popular in Indian market, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo. Here we brought you a spec sheet based comparison between Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo.

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2016 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2016 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The trend of premium hatchback is once again back in the Indian market and this segment is positioned just above the standard hatchback segment. Recently we have seen some new entrants which includes the recently introduced Honda Jazz, Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo and the top contender the Hyundai Elite i20 hatchback. Maruti although has their Swift hatchback which is one capable and popular offering, but honestly it falls short when compared to its competitors in many fields.

Now Maruti does not really want to remain invisible from this segment which looks promising and has got lot of potential. When Suzuki decided to showcase the iK-2 concept during the 2015, Geneva Motor Show, we knew something is coming from Maruti and soon

The iK-2 concept surely looked practical enough unlike other concepts and almost production ready. Now according to the recent reports it was already spotted couple of times being tested both on the European and Indian roads as well.

This hatchback definitely promises to be a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki and will be slightly bigger than the their existing and ageing Swift hatchback. The bigger dimension has also resulted in an increased interior room as well, and just because this will be a premium offering thus also expect it to come loaded with more gizmos inside than the existing Swift.

Under the hood the Suzuki Baleno/YRA extracts its power from the 1.2 Litre K Series petrol motor while the diesel variant gets the 1.3 Litre Multijet diesel units. There are also talks that it will even get a more powerful 1.4 Litre unit too while the diesel will get the bigger 1.6 Litre unit which also powers the recently launched S-Cross Crosover.

Update 26/10/15:-Maruti has officially launched the Baleno hatchback on 26th of October 2015 and now all the details are available so we have decided to update this review with all the information. We must also inform you that the hatchback will be sold via the Nexa outlets which presently also sells Maruti’s only premium Crossover the S-Cross.

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Booking and promotion starts for Baleno in NEXA

Booking and promotion starts for Baleno in NEXA

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the talking topic of the town at present. The much awaited premium hatchback is all set to launch on 26th October in India, during this upcoming festive season.

This particular hatchback will be a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki, after their crossover Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, and just like the S-Cross Baleno too will be sold from their premium quality dealership NEXA.

As we have heard from various sources, NEXA has already started the procedure of taking advanced bookings of the soon to be launched Baleno for INR. 25, 000. This car will get two powertrain options under its hood, which are a 1.2 liter petrol engine delivering 84 PS peak power, while the other unit is a 1.3 liter diesel unit churning out 75 PS peak power. Baleno will be available in four trims, which are Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Baleno comes with various features like LED daytime running lamps, automatic projector headlamps, telescopic power steering wheel, ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, power windows, rear wiper with defogger, AC with climate control.

Baleno is expected to come at a price tag in between INR. 6-10 lakh. It will be the direct answer against the other premium hatchbacks like Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo.

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Cars Set For launch This October, 2015

Cars Set For launch This October, 2015

The year 2015 is one such year for Indian automobile industry, when we have already seen several important car launches. But the unveiling spree is not over. With the 2016 Auto Expo is knocking the door, there are several more vehicles waiting to launch in the remaining period of this year. This October too, we are all set to watch some cars set to roll out on Indian roads. Some of them are much anticipated models indeed. There are hatchbacks, SUVs, MPVs all set to getting launched.

Here we tried to bring you a compact list of those cars waiting to be launched this month. Check the list along with the launch dates too given below.

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1998 - 2007 Maruti-Suzuki Baleno

1998 - 2007 Maruti-Suzuki Baleno

In one of its avatar’s, the Baleno was a throttle happy, turbo charged whistling monster that knew nothing better than going sideways around corners at the Pikes Climb –the world’s most famous hillclimb race. Back home in India the Maruti Suzuki Baleno was a humbler machine and is better known as the first Maruti to provide customers with any sort of a luxurious experience. Before the Baleno came we were just accustomed to drive cheap Maruti’s that even at their finest moment can be best described as basic. Launched in 1998, the Baleno used to compete with the Honda City. The mid-size car market then didn’t constitute the numbers it does today but the Baleno sold reasonably well until Maruti took the plugs off it in 2007 and replaced by the SX4 Sedan.

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