NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki's Baleno diesel range and RS petrol variants will be costlier by up to ₹15,000 (ex-showroom) from today. The Baleno RS, which comes with a 1 litre booster jet petrol engine, will now be available at ₹8.88 lakh, the automaker said in a stock exchange filing.
The Baleno RS model was earlier priced at ₹8.76 lakh. The Baleno diesel range is now priced between ₹6.73 lakh and ₹8.73 lakh (ex-showroom). It was earlier tagged between ₹6.61 lakh and ₹8.60 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Ltd recently launched its popular Baleno and Alto hatchbacks with engines compliant with the Bharat State 6 emission norms, a year before the new norms will be introduced. None of the other vehicle manufacturers has managed to launch cars with BS 6 engines.
The Baleno, a premium hatchback sold through the Nexa channel, will also now be available with the smart hybrid technology, first launched with the mid-size sedan Ciaz and Ertiga, a multi-purpose vehicle. The Baleno is the highest selling premium hatchback in the domestic market and sales in 2018-19 increased by 11.4% to 2,12,330 despite subdued demand during the second half of the year.
The BS 6 version of the Alto, an entry level hatchback, was launched by the company on Tuesday with an 800 cc engine. Some of Maruti’s competitors have phased out their entry-level hatchbacks due to tighter safety and emission norms that come into play in 2019 and 2020.