2022 Suzuki Baleno Facelift Launched in India
Maruti Suzuki has launched the 2022 Baleno facelift in India priced from INR 6.35 lac (PKR 14.82 lac). The flagship variant goes as high as INR 9.49 lac (PKR 22.15 lac). This is the second facelift, although a thorough one, applied to Baleno hatchback after the first mild facelift in 2019.
The Baleno we know was a sedan based on Cultus Crescent that was sold here between 1998 and 2005 by Pak Suzuki. However the name Baleno was resurrected in 2015 to be used on a hatchback that has technically no connection with the Cultus Crescent based sedan we are familiar with.
Four trim levels namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha are available, all powered by naturally aspirated 1.2L petrol engine that produces 89hp and 113Nm paired to either 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox. The claimed fuel economy figures are rated at 22.35 km/l for the manual and 22.94 for the AMT version.
The 2022 Baleno facelift gets a wider honeycomb-patterned grille and new projector headlights which are also flatter and wrap further around onto the haunches of the fender. A re-profiled bumper and new fog light housings round up the changes up front. Towards the back there are new C-shaped LED tail-lights which extend onto the tailgate. The new Baleno rides 16-inch alloys while Maruti has given the Baleno a new suspension setup along with larger 14-inch disc brakes.