Wednesday, July 6

New Maruti Baleno production begins. Launch in February

Maruti Suzuki has begun series production for the heavily updated 2022 Baleno at its Gujarat plant. According to the image, production of the new car began on January 24, 2022. The first car is finished in blue. Launch and price announcement which is slated to take place sometime in late February.

Upon launch, new Baleno will continue to be sold via the company’s exclusive NEXA outlets as is seen with its current counterpart.

As seen from the roll-out image, almost all body panels of the 2022 Baleno seem to have been redesigned and when seen from upfront, the car looks wider than its predecessor.

When viewed from the front, the new Baleno gets L-shaped wraparound headlamps that will get LED daytime running lamps and projector set-up depending on variant. The hood seems to be flatter, but continues with its clamshell design. The newly designed grille has a “smiley look” and is now much larger.

The new Baleno carries almost a similar look like the outgoing model when viewed from the sides however the front and the rear fenders have been redesigned to accomodate new-look head and tail lamps. At the back, the 2022 Baleno gets a new tailgate design, new L-shaped tail lamps that now extend all the way to the tailgate and a new bumper.

The 2022 Baleno will get a completely redesigned dashboard, with the AC vents now placed horizontally in a V-shaped pattern and a free-standing infotainment screen taking centre stage. The unit looks much bigger than the 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio system and could easily be 8.0-inch or more in size. The infotainment system will be upgraded and will also feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among others.

The Baleno could be offered with the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre DualJet mild-hybrid engines. While a 5-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard, reports indicate that Maruti might discontinue the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and replace it with an AMT option.

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