In India, one of the most well-liked premium hatchbacks is the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. It offers a spacious cabin, a peppy engine, and a host of features. But what makes it even more attractive is that it has been upgraded to meet the latest BS6 Phase 2 emission norms and E20 fuel compatibility. In this blog post, we will tell you what are the changes made in the 2023 Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Phase 2 and why you should consider buying it.
BS6 Phase 2 and E20 Fuel Compatibility
The BS6 Phase 2 emission norms are stricter than the previous BS6 norms and require vehicles to comply with Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests. These tests measure the emissions of a vehicle under real-world driving conditions, such as different speeds, terrains, and traffic situations. By passing the RDE tests, cars are guaranteed to release less dangerous pollutants such nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), and particulate matter (PM).
The E20 fuel compatibility means that the vehicles can run on ethanol-blended petrol with up to 20% ethanol content. A renewable fuel, ethanol lessens a vehicle’s reliance on fossil fuels and its carbon imprint. Ethanol also improves the engine performance and reduces the maintenance costs.
Maruti Suzuki has upgraded its entire fleet of vehicles to meet the BS6 Phase 2 norms and E20 fuel compatibility. The Baleno is one of them and it gets an upgraded 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 88bhp of power and 113Nm of torque. The engine also features an idle start-stop technology that saves fuel by switching off the engine when the vehicle is idle. The Baleno also offers a CNG option that delivers 76bhp of power and 98.5Nm of torque.
Baleno BS6 Phase 2 New Features and Changes
The 2023 Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Phase 2 also gets some cosmetic and feature updates that make it more appealing. The exterior of the Baleno gets a new nose with a revised grille and new headlamps with LED DRLs. The front and rear bumpers are also refreshed and match well with the 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and the restyled rear LED tail lamps.
The interior of the Baleno gets some new features such as a Head-Up Display (HUD), six airbags, and ‘Suzuki Connect’ telematics system. The HUD projects important information such as speed, navigation, and alerts on the windshield for the driver’s convenience. The six airbags provide enhanced safety for all the occupants in case of a collision. The ‘Suzuki Connect’ system allows the owner to monitor various aspects of the vehicle such as location, fuel level, service reminders, driving behaviour, etc. through a smartphone app.
The Baleno also gets a new nine-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The infotainment system also comes with an Arkamys music player that delivers a rich sound quality. Other features include cruise control, automatic climate control with rear AC vents, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 360-degree camera, fast charging rear USB ports (A & C type), auto-dimming IRVM, and footwell lamps.
Baleno BS6 Phase 2 On Road Price
The price of the 2023 Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Phase 2 ranges from Rs. 6.61 lakh to Rs. 9.88 lakh depending on the variant selected. The price also varies according to the city and state where you buy it from. Here is a table that shows the approximate on road price of different variants of the Baleno in Delhi:
|Variant||Transmission||Fuel Type||On Road Price|
|Sigma MT||Manual||Petrol||Rs. 7.54 lakh|
|Delta MT||Manual||Petrol||Rs. 8.31 lakh|
|Zeta MT||Manual||Petrol||Rs. 9 lakh|
|Alpha MT||Manual||Petrol||Rs. 9.88 lakh|
|Delta AT||Automatic||Petrol||Rs. 9.16 lakh|
|Zeta AT||Automatic||Petrol||Rs. 9.85 lakh|
|Alpha AT||Automatic||Petrol||Rs. 10.73 lakh|
|Delta CNG||Manual||CNG||Rs. 9.01 lakh|
|Zeta CNG||Manual||CNG||Rs. 9.7 lakh|
The 2023 Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Phase 2 is a great choice for anyone looking for a premium hatchback that offers a spacious cabin, a peppy engine, and a host of features. It also meets the latest emission norms and can run on ethanol-blended petrol, which makes it more eco-friendly and economical. The Baleno is available in seven colours and six variants, so you can choose the one that suits your taste and budget. If you are interested in buying the Baleno, you can contact your nearest Maruti Suzuki Nexa showroom or visit their website for more details.
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