Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG is likely to be launched in India next month and it will definitely help in further expanding the range.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has been rapidly launching new products for the last five months or more. The second generation Celerio arrived late last year and was followed by Celerio CNG, 2022 MY WagonR, Desire CNG and the widely updated Baleno. In bringing new cars, MSIL is working to further strengthen its CNG portfolio.
The Baleno premium hatchback could be the next line to receive factory-fitted CNG treatment as it is expected to launch later next month. It can be immediately followed by Toyota Glanza CNG as it is basically a revised version of the Baleno. We hope that more CNG versions of the Nexa range will be available as soon as possible.
For performance, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno will use a CNG 1.2-liter four-cylinder K12N petrol engine that currently produces 90 PS of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. Presumably, power and torque figures may be somewhat lower, but higher fuel economies could lure consumers into the volume space.
The K12N Mill is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed AMT as an alternative to its standard camouflage, but the CNG variant can only be sold with a manual gearbox and retail at selected trim levels. As has often been the case, we do not expect any visible changes to the Baleno CNG except for the addition of the S-CNG badge.
MSIL has a busy road ahead as the facelifted Ertiga and XL6 are expected to launch this month when a brand new medium-sized SUV built in collaboration with Toyota arrives during the festive season. It will be rolled out from Toyota Karnataka plant and sits on a five-seater DNGA platform. It is said to get a powerful hybrid powertrain.
Ahead of the launch of the Maruti Suzuki YFG, a new Brezza is approaching June 2022. It could be the first compact SUV to feature a CNG variant