Maruti’s Baleno hatchback has been the showstopper in its segment since its launch in October 2015. More than 44,000 units of the premium hatchback have already sold while 55,000 units more bookings are still left to be served. Now to add more appeal, India’s largest carmaker has launched continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Zeta variant at Rs. 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Prior, the CVT gearbox was offered on the mid-level Delta trim only.
The Zeta automatic is loaded with all the bells and whistles such as projector auto headlamps with follow me function, UV cut glass, chrome door handles, rain sensing wipers, C shaped Tail lamps. The cabin features with Color TFT MID, foot well illumination, push start button, front armrest, height adjustable driver’s seat, leather wrapped multi function steering wheel, auto dimming IRVM, illuminated glove box etc. It misses out on Smartplay infotainment system with navigation and voice recognition.
The CVT powered petrol Baleno is powered by a 1.2l Kappa petrol which delivers 83bhp [email protected] and 114Nm of [email protected] Powering the front wheels via a 5-speed CVT (Continuously variable transmission) along with 5-speed manual gearbox, it delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 KMPL. To further enhance its appeal, Maruti will launch RS Baleno during October-November which packs with 1.0l booster jet turbocharged petrol engine.
Speaking on the introduction of the new variant, R. S. Kalsi, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said,” Baleno has rapidly found success to become a popular premium hatchback owing to its design, technology and performance. We are thankful to customers for the support and continue our efforts to improve its availability. The automatic option – Continuous Variable Transmission – offered on the Delta variant has been much appreciated by the customers. We are now offering CVT on the Zeta variant as well, to popularize two pedal technologies. ”