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The price hike comes just days after Maruti Suzuki launched the Smart Hybrid Systems on the Baleno petrol variants. The prices for the Maruti Baleno diesel variants now start at Rs 6.74 lakh for the base 'Sigma' variant and Rs 8.73 lakh for the top-spec 'Alpha' variant. The Maruti Baleno RS is now offered with a price tag of Rs 8.89 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki recently updated the Baleno with a mid-cycle facelift in January 2019. The Maruti Baleno facelift is offered with a new black-blue coloured interior themes. Maruti also updated the Baleno facelift with the latest SmartPlay Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It also comes equipped with all the safety features made mandatory from the 1st April 2019. This includes ABS with EBD, airbags, seat-belt reminder, high-speed alert and reverse parking sensors among others.
The Maruti Baleno diesel is powered by a 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced four-cylinder engine producing 73bhp and 200Nm of torque. It is mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox. The Maruti Baleno RS, on the other hand, continues to be powered by the same 1.0-litre BoosterJet three-cylinder engine, without any changes.
However, recent news also suggests that Maruti is said to completely end production of diesel models in 2020. According to the reports, Maruti Suzuki will end production of diesel cars from the 1st April 2020, with the arrival of the BS-VI emission norms. The company feels that the cost of investment required to upgrade the diesel engines to comply with the BS-VI norms would make the cars too expensive compared to their petrol counterparts — read about their plans for the diesel engines here.
Thoughts On The Maruti Baleno Diesel Price Hike
Maruti Suzuki has now updated the Baleno diesel model prices in the Indian market. Maruti was supposed to update their Baleno diesel models with the new in-house developed engine. However, after the recent news regarding their plans to stop diesel production, it will be interesting to see what theri action would be once the new emission norms come into effect.