The Maruti Baleno is one of the most all-round premium hatchbacks you can buy today. It also has quite a large modifying scene in India, and we came across this red one from Kerala.
Maruti entered the premium hatchback segment with the Baleno in 2016. The Indian auto giant has been known for making affordable cars, and past attempts at premium products didn’t do so well. This is why the Baleno was sold exclusively through the company’s Nexa premium dealerships. It may be getting overshadowed by new rivals like the Tata Altroz and the 2020 Hyundai i20, but the Baleno remains one of the best all-round buys in the segment. It has one of the most spacious interiors and it keeps getting new creature comforts getting added to stay up to date. The Baleno also become somewhat of a modifier’s favourite, having a thriving aftermarket accessories scene. IndianAuto comes across them regularly, and today we have this modified Baleno from Kerala.
The pictures you see here have been uploaded by modified_in, and this modified Maruti Baleno belongs to a Mr Karthik. The first thing you will notice is the new body kit with new bumpers front and rear. The front-end also gets a new splitter while there’s new led DRLs in the smoked headlamps. It also gets new projector fog lamps and led lights on the lower front grille. This Baleno gets a dual-tone red and black paint scheme with custom graphics on the side and goes through a de-chroming process as well. The ride height has been slammed courtesy lowered suspension while it wears new aftermarket 6-spoke alloys with low-profile tyres. Overall, this Baleno mod will catch your attention, and certainly looks vastly different from the stock model.
Not much is known about the internal changes about this modified Maruti Baleno, so the internals maybe the same as the stock version. The only engine option is a 1.2-litre four-pot petrol which churns out peak power and torque figures of 83PS/115Nm respectively and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Prices for the Maruti Baleno range from Rs 5.70 lakh up to Rs 9.03 lakh, ex-showroom respectively. It is the premium hatchback offering from the brand but Maruti has managed to undercut most of its competitors like the Honda Jazz, and the Volkswagen Polo in the value-for-money segment.