2022 Maruti Baleno To Launch In February With Higher Safety Features
The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2022 will go on sale in late February 2022. It will receive a significant facelift, an all-new cabin, and many class-leading features, allowing it to compete with rivals such as the Hyundai i20 and others. While the 2022 Baleno will be more expensive than the current model, Maruti insiders say it will still be competitively priced against the Hyundai i20, which costs around Rs 2 lakh more than the most expensive Baleno on the market today at Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
While Hyundai has generally been the first to introduce new features, Maruti will up its game with the new Baleno. Wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, among other things, are on the way. The 2022 Maruti Baleno will also feature a larger, free-standing touchscreen with an all-new interface developed in collaboration with Toyota. The 2022 Maruti Baleno will most likely be the first vehicle to feature this new setup. While the systems used by the two companies will differ in some ways, both are likely to offer similar features. Some versions of the system may include connected technology – another first for Maruti Suzuki – and the company is also developing a slew of connected features specifically for Indian customers.
While cooled seats are unlikely to be included, Maruti Suzuki will offer a heads-up display unit, or HUD, on the new Baleno as a key differentiator. The system is unlikely to be as customizable as those found in luxury vehicles, but it will still be possible to configure the display in a number of useful ways. This will, in some small way, improve active safety by allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
Customers will also benefit from a safer experience with the 2022 Maruti Baleno. On the top models, the number of airbags will be increased to six – driver and passenger airbags, as well as curtain bags for both front and rear passengers. Higher-end models may also include the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which can steer the vehicle in an emergency by utilizing individual wheel braking. Maruti Suzuki will also use a thicker grade of steel on the outer body panels and elsewhere on the chassis to provide a more robust feel. While this may not significantly improve rigidity, the car will certainly feel better built.
Maruti Suzuki is also likely to discontinue the expensive CVT automatic and replace it with a Swift-like single-clutch automatic or AMT in order to keep Baleno’s price competitive. This, also known as Maruti’s Auto Gear Shift, will be a step back in terms of smooth running, especially when compared to the current CVT. The switch to an AMT gearbox, on the other hand, is likely to make the automatic version more affordable by around Rs 60,000.
Paddle shifters are unlikely to make it to the 2022 Maruti Baleno, but you will be able to intervene and shift gears manually, just like the Swift.
Along with the updated exteriors, which include a flatter and wider nose and wider-looking taillights, the 2022 Maruti Baleno will also receive an all-new interior. The new floating center console features a new free-standing screen on top and a pair of vents below. The air conditioning system’s buttons are located below these and are nicely blended into the organic-looking and layered dash.
While the colors in the spy shots are a little dull, the sporty instrument panel features a pair of deep-set clear dials, a multi-information display in the center, and Maruti Suzuki’s sporty flat-bottom steering wheel from the Swift. Currently, a fully digital instrument panel is not included in the upgrade.
Maruti Suzuki has traditionally priced its vehicles in line with buyer expectations, and this is unlikely to change with the 2022 Maruti Baleno.
Yes, the company will raise the price of the new car in comparison to the current one, which means that the price difference between the Baleno and the Hyundai i20, which is currently between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, will narrow. However, we expect prices to range between Rs 6.5 lakh and Rs 10.5 lakh, giving it a good chance of success, according to dealers. Since its introduction in 2015, the Baleno has sold more than ten lakh units.
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