The Columbian market has just received a crossover-inspired version of the Suzuki Baleno, which gets with minor mechanical tweaks and the same 1.4-litre petrol engine that powers the regular version
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno received a minor nip and tuck last year, which brought in a handful of styling updates and a Dualjet 1.2-litre engine option. Meanwhile, the Columbian-spec model has spawned a crossover-inspired version that has gone on sale with the ‘Cross’ suffix.
The Suzuki Baleno Cross is on sale only in the GL trim, with pricees starting from $ 49,990,000 (approx Rs 9,25,898).
The made-in-India Suzuki Baleno made its debut in Columbia at the Bogotá Motor Show in 2016. While the hatchback has done pretty well in India, the Columbian market hasn’t been very welcoming to the small car. For this reason, Derco, the importer of Suzuki cars in Columbia, has decided to enhance the appearance of the small car through the crossover treatment.
In Columbia, the Suzuki Baleno Cross will rival the Renault Stepway, which is the most popular model in its category. On the aesthetic level, the crossover-inspired Baleno gets a new three-dimensional grille and a revised bumper that is more sculpted. The foglights are positioned further away from the airdam.
The side profile features a new design for the dual-tone alloy wheels and a new rub strip can be found on the lower portion of the doors. The biggest update comes in the form of roof rails that can serve as a mount for the cargo box. The interior remains pretty much the same save for a new seat upholstery. Highlights of the equipment list include - 16-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, height-adjustable driver's seat, manual aircon, 60:40 split rear seat, dual-front airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Powering the Columbia-spec Suzuki Baleno Cross is the same K14B petrol engine that was found under the hood of the pre-facelift Ciaz in India.
Powering the Suzuki Baleno Cross is the same 1.4-litre 4-cylinder K14B petrol engine that powered the pre-facelift Ciaz. For the Baleno Cross, it outputs 91PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,200 rpm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic unit. The new model is on sale only in the GL trim. While the manual variant costs $ 49,990,000, the automatic version is priced at $ 53,990,000.