Car News News

Suzuki Baleno now gets a ‘Cross’ variant, but not in India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Suzuki has introduced the Baleno Cross in the Columbian market which is essentially a kitted Baleno. The Baleno Cross is being made in India and exported to the Columbian market and features roof bars, door claddings and mudguards to give its the cross-over look. The standard Suzuki Baleno in the Columbian market which is marketed as the Baleno Esteem is still in its pre-facelift avatar and the Baleno Cross is based on the new facelift model which essentially the Cross a facelift Baleno in the country. The facelift on the car brings new grille, alloy wheels, refreshed bumpers, change in fog light positioning and seat upholstery all of which is now offered on the Baleno Cross.

The Suzuki Baleno Cross is also offered with features such as multi-reflector halogen headlamps, rounded fog lamps, combination tail lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-tone seat upholstery, control mounted steering wheel, audio system with bluetooth and USB connectivity and safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Electronic Stability Programme, ISOFIX child seat anchorage system with top tethers and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) along with other industry standard features.

In the Indian market, the Suzuki Baleno is available with a 1.3-litre DDIS 190 diesel engine that makes 74 hp of power and 190 Nm of torque and a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 82 hp of power and 113 Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre petrol engine also comes with a smart hybrid system that boosts its power output from 82 ps to 88.5 ps. All the engines come with 5-speed manual transmission as standard with an option of a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox on the petrol-only model.

Things are a little different, under the hood, on the American continent and the Baleno Cross in Columbia is powered by the K14B 1.4-litre VVT engine that produces 95 hp of power and 130 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. 

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno in the Indian market is priced starting at INR 5,63,602 ex-showroom, Delhi and the Baleno Cross in the Columbian market is priced at COP 47,990,000 which converts to INR 8,67,030. 

*All figures are live mid-market rates, for informational purposes only.