Maruti Suzuki has launched mild-hybrid tech to the premium hatchback phase in India, with the launch of the Baleno 1.2 DualJet Good Hybrid, priced from Rs 7.25 lakh to Rs 7.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Because of this launch, Maruti has claimed one other segment-first – the Baleno is the primary premium hatchback to get a BS-VI-compliant engine. In comparison with the usual Baleno, costs for which have additionally elevated barely due to the Ok12B engine having been upgraded to fulfill the stricter emission norms, the brand new petrol-hybrid setup has elevated costs over their respective mid-spec variants by about Rs 89,000. Is the premium for the extra highly effective and environment friendly Baleno value it? We examine the brand new Baleno DualJet to the usual Baleno and its petrol-powered premium hatchback rivals, on paper, to seek out out.
Engine, gearbox and mileage per litre
Of the naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engines right here, the brand new Baleno DualJet and Honda Jazz lead the pack when it comes to outright energy figures. Nevertheless, it’s the usual Ok12B Baleno and Hyundai i20 that take advantage of torque, albeit by a small 2Nm margin. The brand new engine mixed with the Good Hybrid system assist the Baleno DualJet submit the perfect mileage per litre figures (at 23.87kpl), adopted by the usual Maruti Baleno (21.4kpl). The i20 and Jazz are comparatively far much less fuel-efficient at 18.24kpl and 18.2kpl, respectively.
An attention-grabbing level to notice right here is that the brand new 1.2 engine on the Baleno is simply obtainable with a 5-speed handbook as customary whereas the Baleno Ok12B, i20 and Jazz all get CVT automated gearbox choices.
|2019 Baleno vs rivals: Engines, gearboxes & mileage|
|Baleno DualJet||Baleno Ok12B||i20||Jazz|
|Engine||1242cc, Four-cyl||1197cc, Four-cyl||1197cc, Four-cyl||1199cc, Four-cyl|
|Gasoline effectivity (MT)||23.87kpl||21.4kpl||18.24kpl||18.2kpl|
Because of the shift to a BS-VI-compliant engine, costs of the bottom Hyundai i20 now undercut the Maruti Baleno’s by a Rs 7,000 margin, although the top-spec Baleno with the Ok12B engine remains to be extra reasonably priced than the Hyundai. Honda Jazz costs are nearer to the Baleno DualJet Good Hybrid’s worth of Rs 7.25-7.86 lakh. As we had reported earlier, the brand new Maruti Suzuki Baleno Good Hybrid is out there within the mid-spec Delta and Zeta variants, which implies they’re decently kitted. The value distinction between the usual and hybrid Baleno appears to be justified due to the extra subtle Ok12C engine and mild-hybrid know-how; the Baleno DualJet Good Hybrid additionally isn’t priced too distant from equal Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz variants.
Regardless of a worth enhance of about Rs 11,000-19,000, Baleno automated costs nonetheless undercut its rivals by fairly a major margin.
|2019 Baleno vs rivals: Value (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Baleno DualJet||Baleno Ok12B||i20||Jazz|
|Guide variants||Rs 7.25-7.86 lakh||Rs 5.58-7.58 lakh||Rs 5.51-Eight.07 lakh||Rs 7.40-7.84 lakh|
|Computerized variants||–||Rs 7.68-Eight.90 lakh||Rs Eight.23-9.12 lakh||Rs Eight.60-9.04 lakh|
Primarily based on its worth and its greener credentials, the Maruti Baleno – with the BS-VI-compliant Ok12B motor – remains to be a wonderful worth for cash purchase and will proceed to rule the premium hatchback phase when it comes to gross sales. The brand new Baleno DualJet Good Hybrid will certainly add to Maruti’s gross sales figures as effectively, with its principal draw being higher mileage per litre and a (fingers crossed) higher driving expertise. A correct comparability, together with Autocar India’s rigorous highway take a look at, shall be required earlier than coming to a definitive conclusion, however on paper, the BS-VI-compliant Baleno makes for an excellent deal.
For now, the Baleno will retail with 4 engine choices – the 2 BS-VI-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engines, the 102hp, 1.Zero-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol mill (within the Baleno RS) and the FCA-sourced 75hp, 1.Three-litre diesel motor. Apparently, the worth distinction between the brand new DualJet petrol Baleno and diesel Baleno ranges between Rs 7,000 for the Baleno Delta and Rs 14,000 for the Baleno Zeta. Nevertheless, the distinction in mileage per litre figures is a good Three.52kpl, with the Baleno diesel posting a 27.39kpl determine.
Would you spend the extra Rs 89,000 over the usual Baleno for the Maruti Baleno DualJet Good Hybrid? Or would you proceed to purchase the diesel Baleno? Tell us within the feedback beneath.