2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Leaked Before Its Unveil
The 2022 Baleno, Maruti Suzuki’s next major unveiling, has been leaked ahead of its world premiere scheduled for next year. The first set of images brought in by a reader reveal the final design of the Baleno facelift as well as the new stylistic direction that will be seen on future Maruti Suzuki products.
As we previously noted, the model seen in these leaked photographs appears to be a big update to the present Baleno rather than a complete model overhaul. Almost all of the body panels on the 2022 Baleno appear to have been changed, and the car appears broader from the front than its predecessor. To begin, keep in mind that the leaked photographs appear to be of a lower-spec model, which explains why there is more black plastic showing rather than the chrome pieces that will be seen on higher-spec models. The car does not appear to have fog lights or a back windshield wiper or washer.
In terms of design, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno has L-shaped wraparound headlights with LED daytime running lamps and a projector setup, depending on the type. The hood appears to be flatter, but the clamshell shape remains. The redesigned grille has a “smiley” appearance and is significantly larger. It also gets a faux brushed aluminum outline that extends from the sides and neatly merges with the headlamps, emphasizing the car’s wider and more planted stance. A large air dam with contrast black plastic inserts and two distinct sections for the fog lamp units at each corner make up the front bumper.
While the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s side profile has yet to be unveiled, the new car’s design, as we previously reported, will be more or less comparable to the existing model. The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a revised bumper and tailgate design, as well as new L-shaped tail lamps that now extend all the way to the tailgate.
Spy images from a few weeks ago confirmed the Hyundai i20 rival’s all-new interior. The dashboard of the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been totally changed, with the AC vents now arranged in a V-shaped pattern horizontally and a free-standing infotainment screen taking center stage. The unit appears to be far larger than the 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio system, and it may well be 8.0-inch or more.
The infotainment system will be improved, according to sources, and will include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other features. The steering wheel will look identical to that of the Swift. The climate control switches will also be brand new and will resemble those seen on the Ignis.
In terms of the instrument cluster, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno may receive a full-digital instrument cluster similar to the one found on the i20.
Under the hood, we don’t expect any changes to the Baleno. The Baleno is currently powered by two 1.2-liter petrol engines, one of which produces 83 horsepower and the other of which produces 90 horsepower with 12V mild-hybrid technology, and these engines are expected to remain unchanged. A full-hybrid version of the car is being discussed, but we don’t expect it to be released with this upgrade.
While the Baleno remains one of India’s most popular automobiles, it has faced competition from newer Tata and Hyundai models that provide more creature comforts and advanced technology.
The Toyota Glanza and its worldwide twin, the Starlet, are manufactured in India alongside the Baleno. Given that all three models share components, we anticipate Toyota updating its Baleno-based vehicles in the near future.