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The Baleno Cross shall be Maruti Suzuki’s first cross-hatch; shall be retailed from Nexa retailers.

Maruti Suzuki will add yet one more new mannequin to its ever rising portfolio, with the brand new coupe-style cross-hatch primarily based on the Baleno being the most recent entrant. This new mannequin, (internally often known as Maruti YTB), has been noticed testing a number of instances and a worldwide debut is anticipated in January, most certainly on the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, forward of a market launch in February 2023. Nonetheless, we are able to verify now that the brand new Baleno Cross shall be powered by Maruti’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.

  • Turbo petrol engine to make a comeback in Maruti’s line-up
  • Baleno Cross will go on sale in February 2023
  • Was first previewed at Auto Expo 2020 as Futuro-e

Maruti Baleno Cross: Boosterjet makes a comeback

Maruti Suzuki’s first and solely turbo-petrol engine, the 1.0-litre Boosterjet, made its debut within the first-gen Baleno in India in 2017. The engine was a sportier various to the usual engine line-up and was accessible solely on the top-spec Baleno RS. As a result of low gross sales and stricter BS6 emission norms, Maruti Suzuki determined to discontinue this engine choice; being a quantity participant, upgrading the engine to satisfy BS6 norms only for the Baleno RS was not viable.

The 1.0-liter BoosterJet engine was accessible on the now discontinued Baleno RS in India. 

Quick ahead to 2023, the 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine will make a comeback within the new Baleno Cross. This engine will primarily be the identical 998cc unit, however compliant with BS6 norms. In its BS4 avatar, it churned out 102 hp and 150Nm and was mated to solely a five-speed handbook gearbox. We anticipate an analogous energy output on the upcoming 1.Zero Boosterjet that can see obligation on the upcoming Maruti Baleno Cross, and the engine may get mild-hybrid tech. Computerized gearbox duties will most certainly be carried out by a six-speed torque convertor unit, which can be utilized in different Maruti merchandise right here. 

Moreover, Maruti Suzuki will most certainly supply a naturally aspirated petrol engine as nicely, which may both be the 1.2-litre DualJet seen on the Baleno, Swift, Dzire and the Wagon R or the larger 1.5-litre DualJet with mild-hybrid tech seen on the Ertiga and XL6, and on the upcoming Grand Vitara. Nonetheless, in contrast to the Grand Vitara and Jimny, Maruti is not going to supply the AllGrip AWD tech on the Baleno Cross.

Maruti Baleno Cross: design and options

In case you assume you’ve seen one thing related in idea earlier than, it is as a result of the YTB was previewed two and a half years in the past in idea kind. The Baleno Cross will primarily be the manufacturing model of the Futuro-e idea proven on the 2020 Auto Expo in Delhi, and whereas it’s nonetheless below heavy camouflage, sure design components are seen.

The crossover silhouette is the principle commonality that is still, whereas many different particulars have developed to match Suzuki’s newer SUV design language. On the entrance, you’ll see rather a lot that’s widespread with the brand new Grand Vitara, such because the split-headlamp set-up with slim LED daytime working lamps with the ‘three-block’ Nexa signature on the prime of the bonnet, and LED headlamp components decrease down. Then there’s the grille, which seems to be of an analogous inset mesh design, albeit with a extra angular body. This provides the nostril a taller and extra upright look, making it really feel extra overtly SUV-like than, say, the S-Cross.

The Baleno Cross shall be smaller in measurement than the brand new Brezza, and it additionally seems to borrow rather a lot from the Baleno itself. Issues just like the rising waistline that has a distinguished haunch over the rear wheels, the alloy wheel design itself, and the roof line that dips naturally in direction of the tailgate. The truth is, the brand new Baleno’s curved rear glass space would make the right donor for a crossover. What has modified from the Baleno base, nevertheless, is a raised suspension and chunky wheel arches, which as soon as once more tie issues again to the Futuro-e idea.

Maruti Baleno Cross: first cross hatch for the model

The Baleno Cross shall be a premium compact SUV for Maruti Suzuki and shall be retailed through its Nexa retailers, just like the usual Baleno. It will likely be the most recent addition to the Nexa dealership after the market introduction of the Grand Vitara SUV someday in September. Whereas the Baleno Cross (YTB) compact SUV will go on sale by February subsequent 12 months, one other attention-grabbing providing from Maruti’s Nexa outlet would be the a lot awaited Jimny, which can be anticipated to launch subsequent 12 months.

Maruti Baleno Cross: rivals in India

The Baleno Cross will tackle excessive using hatchbacks in addition to compact SUVs available in the market, together with the Honda WR-V, the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger and in addition the Citroen C3 and the Tata Punch to some extent.

This information was revealed within the August 2022 situation of the Autocar India journal. Click on right here to get your copy. 

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