Here's a modified Maruti Baleno that can take over the worst of the terrains with ease. Take a look at it here.
Maruti Baleno is the best-selling premium hatchback of the country. It has been in the market for over five years now, with over 8 lakh units sold in this time frame. Therefore, the Baleno is an easy sight on the Indian roads. However, only a few of them are modified to look and perform better than the stock model. The Baleno enjoys a strong repute in India. Hence, digital artists can be seen imagining the Baleno in various iterations. Here’s one that is as high as a monster truck, and we came across it via a social media platform.
In the image, the Baleno can be seen sitting a foot or two above the ground. To do so, it now uses a custom suspension setup. On the front, it gets dual-wishbones with coil springs. The wishbones are painted in a shade of Neon Green, while the coil springs don a red paint scheme. At the rear, it gets a solid axle with leaf springs and dampers. The wheels are now replaced with a set of steelies, which are wrapped in M/T tyres. Sadly, this modification is digitally performed and is nearly impossible to perform on a Baleno in the real world.
Since the Baleno is underpinned by monocoque frame chassis, it will be a tough job to make new mounting points for such a suspension setup. In case you aren’t aware, this actually was a picture of an Isuzu V-Cross, which belongs to Abin Babs Abraham. This modified Isuzu V-Cross was recently in news, as it was fined for Rs. 48,000 for the modifications.
Talking of the Baleno, it is offered at a starting price of Rs. 5.64 lakh and rivals the likes of Hyundai i20, VW Polo, and Honda Jazz. It is available with two engine options – 1.2L K12M and 1.2L K12N Dualjet. The former of the two produces a peak power output of 83 PS, while the Dualjet motor puts out 90 PS of peak power. The torque output, however, remains identical on both of these engines – 113 Nm. Transmission choices on the Baleno include a 5-speed MT and a CVT.