New Maruti Suzuki Baleno to get four variants, AMT gearbox

    Dealer sources confirm that the new Baleno will ditch the CVT gearbox for an AMT. Price announcement likely on February 23.

    Published On Feb 08, 2022 12:36:00 PM


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    Maruti Suzuki recently opened bookings for the 2022 Baleno via its Nexa dealerships and online. As the launch draws closer and dealer trainings commence, new information on the 2022 Baleno has started to trickle in.

    • New Baleno to be sold in four trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha
    • CVT gearbox to be replaced by a new AMT unit
    • Price announcement likely on February 23, 2022

    A few dealers we spoke to have confirmed that the Baleno will get four variants, among other details. Read on to find out the new Baleno’s exterior paint shades, engine and gearbox options.

    2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno: variant details

    Akin to the outgoing model, the new Baleno will continue to be offered in four variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. All four variants will be offered with a manual gearbox as standard, while all variants except the base will also get a new AMT gearbox. As reported by us earlier, the new AMT gearbox will be replacing the more expensive CVT gearbox from the outgoing model. This is being done to keep the automatic variants more accessible to customers.  

    2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno: colour options

    The new Baleno will be offered in six monotone colour options – Pearl Arctic White, Splendid Silver, Grandeur Grey, Celestial Blue, Opulent Red and Luxe Beige. Apart from the white, which has been carried over, all other colour options on the 2022 Baleno will be new.

    Maruti Suzuki also recently confirmed that the Baleno will be offered with a segment-first head-up display, among other features. You can read more about exterior design updates and new features expected on the 2022 Baleno here.

    2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno: engine and gearbox details

    As for its engine options, Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that the new Baleno will continue to be offered with the existing 90hp, 113Nm, 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine with 12V mild-hybrid technology. However, it remains to be seen if the 83hp, K12N petrol engine from the current model is carried over.

    The 1.2-litre DualJet engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT unit. The Dualjet engine with the AMT gearbox is also offered on the Swift and the Dzire. While the AMT gearbox will make the automatic versions more affordable, it will be a step back from the smoother CVT gearbox.

    2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno: rivals

    Upon launch, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno will continue its rivalry with the likes of the Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, Toyota Glanza and the Volkswagen Polo. Given the entire step up in features and quality, the new Baleno is expected to command a reasonable premium over the outgoing model.

    What are your thoughts on the AMT gearbox replacing the CVT on the new Baleno? Let us know in the comments below.

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    Vijay Kumar - 797 days ago

    AMT is a step backward from reliable CVT, only one in maruti lineup. Only time will tell if this is a blunder.

    Mohd Salman - 798 days ago

    Dropping the CVT altogether doesn't seem a great idea. Even Hyundai offers IMT and dct both.

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