2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno (India)

This is for everyone who comments online about wishing modern cars were more simple. This is that hatchback.

2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno (India)
Knowing Suzuki, it has created a tough little 1.2-litre engine for the car’s home market. • source Maruti Suzuki

This won’t take long. In India, Maruti Suzuki is the best-selling marque by a country mile. The Baleno, a mid-level compact hatchback in the same vein as a Volkswagen Polo or Honda Fit / Jazz, is the third best selling car in India. More than 170,000 Baleno were sold there in 2021, so a comprehensive refresh is big news.

The car will be exported to Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and, no lie—Suzuki says “etc.”… (If you know where that place is, I want to vacation there…)

How conventional is this car? It’s the NPC of hatchbacks:

  • 1.2L gasoline 4-cylinder engine with start-stop technology
  • 88 horsepower (66 kW) and 83 lb-ft (Nm) of torque
  • 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic
  • available 9-inch touch display with smartphone connectivity
  • available 360° camera system
  • 5 seats

You’ve read enough from me. That is pretty much it. The full release is below.