India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki is gearing up for the launch of the new-generation Wagon R hatchback. Not just Wagon R, the company is also working on a micro SUV based on the Concept Future that is likely to go on sale during festive season 2019. Maruti Suzuki will also give a mid-life facelift to its popular hatchback - Baleno. In fact, the first spy shot of the 2019 Maruti Baleno facelift has been leaked on the internet.
The Maruti Baleno facelift has been spotted without any cover, revealing most of the design changes. The facelifted model is expected to be launched in February 2019. The premium hatchback comes with subtle changes in terms of styling. It gets a sportier front bumper with angular outer ends, new small side air intakes and a slightly revised front grille with chrome treatment.
It is expected that Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift could receive LED projector headlamps. Instead of the micro antenna, the hatchback gets a shark fin antenna. The side profile is likely to remain largely identical to the existing model, except for the new seat of alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the Maruti Baleno facelift is likely to remain identical to the existing model. The company could bring some changes to the seat upholstery. It is expected to receive the updated version of the SmartPlay infotainment system and the 4.2-inch colour MID. The infotainment system will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The company could add cruise control to the hatchback's top-spec variant.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift will be powered by the existing set of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is capable of producing 83bhp of power and 115Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. On the flip side, the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine churns out 74bhp of maximum power and 190NM of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. This diesel engine will be discontinued as it won't receive an upgrade to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms.