Maruti Suzuki has launched the Baleno Alpha automatic in India. The top-of-the-range Alpha variant with the Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic gearbox is priced at Rs 8.34 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki launched the Baleno premium hatchback in 2015, but only the Delta trim was equipped with the automatic gearbox. Later in 2016, the Zeta variant was also introduced with the automatic transmission.
But the base variant Sigma still misses out on the automatic gearbox. The fully loaded variant of the Baleno features projector headlamps, LED DRLs and reverse parking camera.
Apart from that the Baleno Alpha also sports SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, push-button start; leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, keyless entry and alloy wheels.
The Maruti Baleno Alpha automatic draws power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The petrol engine is claimed to deliver a mileage of 21.4km/l.
Maruti Suzuki has sold 2 lakh units of Baleno till date. The automatic variants account for 11 percent in 2016-17. The automaker aims to retail 3 lakh automatic Baleno's by 2020.
The sales of the automatic cars in India is on the rise, especially in cities. Now Maruti Suzuki aims to boost the sales of the automatic variants in the country, and all the three variants (Delta, Zeta and Alpha) of the premium hatchback are available with the CVT gearbox.