Following the launch of the Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki will add a brand-new coupe SUV to its lineup that is based on the premium Baleno hatchback. This new coupe SUV, rumoured to be the Baleno Cross, was once again spotted being tested out on the highways and was documented in a YouTube video by “Exploring Wheels.” Some additional information about this upcoming vehicle is revealed in this new video that was not visible in earlier spy pictures.
Let’s start by discussing the stance and potential design. In comparison to the Baleno on which it is based, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross has a higher stance, a slightly more upright front fascia, and more ground clearance. The upcoming Grand Vitara’s fascia is hinted at on the coupe SUV’s front face, which also features highlights like split headlamps with lower-set main headlights and daytime running LED streaks above them. The grille appears to be much wider and larger than the Baleno’s, which also appears to have been influenced by the Grand Vitara’s grille.
The test mule captured in the video has alloy wheels in a dark shade of black and has the same window frame and silhouette as the Baleno hatchback. The Baleno already has a rounded coupe-like rear end, so this new coupe SUV should benefit from having the same. As we can see in the Baleno hatchback’s standard version, expect to see chrome accents on door handles and window waistlines.
A few details of the Baleno Cross’s back profile are also shown in the video. It reveals the rear windscreen that has been sharply raked and the licence plate housing that has been moved to the boot lid rather than the rear bumper as in the Baleno. The test mule also had roof rails, and it is anticipated to have body cladding all around as well as front and rear skid plates. The interior, which is expected to be carried over from the Baleno with an updated dual-tone finish and the same free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, is also briefly shown in the video.
The 1.2-liter four-cylinder K12C Dualjet petrol engine from the Baleno hatchback is anticipated to power the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross. This new engine, which features a start-stop system, boasts a maximum output of 113 Nm of torque and 90 PS of power. Additionally, there are rumours that Maruti Suzuki may reintroduce the 1.0-liter Boosterjet three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which was previously only offered in the Baleno RS and had a 100 PS and 170 Nm torque rating. According to reports, the new Baleno Cross will make its debut at the 2023 Auto Expo.
The new Baleno Cross is probably going to compete with vehicles like the Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, and Citroen C3. A sub-4 metre SUV will be used.