Maruti Suzuki has announced the introduction of an automatic transmission with Baleno’s Zeta variant. Priced at INR 7.47 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car is equipped with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit and retains all the bells and whistles that are currently available on the manual Zeta variant. Earlier, CVT was available only on the mid-trim Delta.
Alloy wheels, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, chrome door handles, auto dimming IRVM, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry & go, illumination for the glovebox and an MID with a colour TFT screen are some of the features that Baleno’s Zeta trim comes loaded with.
Introducing the new variant, R.S. Kalsi, executive director (marketing & sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said,"Baleno has rapidly found success to become a popular premium hatchback owing to its design, technology and performance. We are thankful to customers for the support and continue our efforts to improve its availability. The automatic option – Continuous Variable Transmission – offered on the Delta variant has been much appreciated by the customers. We are now offering CVT on the Zeta variant as well, to popularise two pedal technologies. ”
Since its debut in October last year, Maruti Suzuki has delivered over 44,000 Balenos to its customers. The carmaker has 55,000 pre-orders for the same as well. Also, the Baleno is the first model to be exported to Suzuki's home market – Japan. Going forward, Maruti plans to export the model to more than 100 countries from India.
The petrol variants of the Baleno draw their power from the 83bhp 1.2-litre K-Series engine and the Fiat-sourced 74bhp 1.3-litre DDiS unit propels its diesel trims. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission while the petrol engine is also available with a CVT gearbox. Read our review here.
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