Maruti Baleno has proved to be quite popular in the modification scene. It's one of the most well-rounded hatchbacks today and locks horns with likes of Tata Altroz and Hyundai i20
The Maruti Baleno was the brand’s first premium hatchback offering when it launched back in 2016. To make sure customers felt a more premium experience, it was sold exclusively through Maruti’s NEXA dealerships. The Baleno is one of the best all-round hatchbacks in the segment, offering great practicality, spacious interiors, and well-specced trim levels. Since its launch, the Baleno also has seen a fair share of modifications with the help of a varied and easily available aftermarket. We at IndianAuto regularly come across modified Balenos, and today we have got another one for you from Assam.
The photo has been uploaded by modified_online over on Instagram, and the Maruti Baleno you see belongs to a Wasil Hussain. The Baleno has gone through quite an extensive list of modifications, and it now gets upgraded Alpha headlamps, a custom front grille, and a splitter on the front. On the side, it gets new 18-inch 8.5J infinity alloys shod in 225/45/17 Maxxis Tyres and gets new custom side decals. The rear has a new aftermarket spoiler and taillights while the whole car gets a chrome delete treatment. Performance upgrades are minimal and now the engine breathes through an HPI Megamax air-filter and has a new straight pipe exhaust with an HKS endcan. Overall, it looks quite different from stock and should make a lot of noise from that free exhaust, which sounds like a job well done.
According to a recent report that has emerged, Maruti Suzuki is currently in the development process of a compact SUV based on the Baleno. Codenamed YTB, it likely to take the shape of a small crossover or a coupe. It is amongst a raft of SUVs that are in different stages of development and a mid-size SUV in collaboration with Toyota is also reported to be in the works.
Prices for the Maruti Baleno range from Rs 5.70 lakh up to Rs 9.03 lakh, ex-showroom respectively. The Maruti Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre four-pot petrol which puts out peak power and torque figures of 83PS/115Nm respectively. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It is the premium hatchback offering from the brand but Maruti has managed to undercut most of its competitors like the new Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, and the Volkswagen Polo in the value-for-money segment.