Maruti Suzuki has recently commenced mass production of the 2022 Baleno premium hatchback in India ahead of its market launch that will take place next month.
As of 24th January, the first Baleno was rolling off the production line. It features an entirely new front end, including new headlights, radiator grille, and bumper.
The 2022 Baleno’s mildly restyled fenders can be seen along the sides, while at the back, the premium hatchback’s boot lid is new and so are the tail lamps and the bumper.
The car’s interior has gone through a major revamp like the exterior. The Baleno will now feature a new dashboard with different trim and air vents. The infotainment screen and central air vents have been borrowed from the new generation S-Cross that was unveiled late last year.
The ‘free-standing’ touchscreen should be at least 8 inches in size, while the updated infotainment system will also support wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Other features the car is expected to come with including a new multifunctional steering wheel, automatic climate control, head-up display, cruise control, up to 6 airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Since the 2022 Maruti Baleno production began a month before the model’s launch, the car is likely to keep its 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine in standard and mild hybrid variants.
Likewise, the 5-speed manual and CVT transmissions will remain, and soon enough, a CNG variant will be available, but a strong hybrid might not appear until the new generation is rolled out.
At present, the Baleno costs between Rs. 6.14 lakhs and Rs. 9.66 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2022 model should cost more and continue to primarily rival the Tata Altroz and Hyundai i20.