Maruti Suzuki has extended its automatic Baleno hatchback range in India by launching the new Baleno Alpha petrol variant with an automatic transmission. With this, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is now available in three automatic versions, namely, Delta (Rs 7.02 lakh), Zeta (Rs 7.63 lakh) and now the Alpha (priced at Rs 8.34 lakh). All the prices are ex-showroom. The Baleno now gets a total of six petrol variants (manual and automatic) along with diesel versions that are available only with a manual transmission.The new Alpha petrol automatic is powered by the same 1.2-litre engine that produces 84 hp of maximum power and churns out a peak torque of 115 Nm. The engine is paired to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Which is a little strange considering that most of Maruti’s automatic offerings in India including the Ignis and the Celerio come with an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission)
Similarly, other exterior and interior features of the new Baleno Alpha automatic version remain unchanged. It features SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering mounted audio controls, height adjustable driver seat, follow-me-home headlamps, push start/stop button and an automatic air conditioning system.The safety features consist of reverse parking camera and sensors, automatic headlamps, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as well as dual front airbags as standard. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno competes with the other premium hatchbacks in the country such as the Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo.
The car manufacturer also sells the sportier version of the Baleno in India, the Baleno RS that competes with the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Fiat Abarth Punto. It is powered by an all-new 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged unit that develops 100 hp and 150 Nm of torque and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.