Maruti Suzuki Baleno and XL6's CNG variants launched in India
Maruti Suzuki has introduced the CNG versions of its Baleno premium hatchback and XL6 MPV in India. The CNG-powered Baleno is up for grabs in Delta and Zeta MT variants, while the XL6 gets a CNG powertrain only with the Zeta trim level. The duo comes with factory-fitted S-CNG equipment but misses out on the automatic transmission options.
Why does this story matter?
- Maruti Suzuki offers the largest CNG portfolio in India, comprising nine models. They include the Swift, WagonR, Ertiga, Celerio, Eeco, Dzire, Alto 800, Alto K10, and S-Presso.
- With rising fuel costs and a growing inclination toward lowering vehicular emissions, CNG cars are becoming a popular choice in India.
- The CNG-powered Baleno and XL6 rival the Toyota Glanza CNG and Kia Carens CNG, respectively.
Both the cars have LED headlights and 16-inch wheels
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG has a muscular bonnet, a chrome-surrounded grille, 16-inch alloy wheels, ORVMs, a wide air vent, LED taillamps, a roof-mounted antenna, and a rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the XL6 CNG MPV flaunts a chromed grille, a silvered skid plate, roof rails, indicator-mounted ORVMs, flared wheel arches, and LED taillights. It also plies on 16-inch alloy wheels.
A 5-speed manual gearbox handles transmission duties
Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG runs on a 1.2-liter K-series engine that generates 76.4hp/98.5Nm. Meanwhile, the XL6 CNG is backed by a 1.5-liter, DualJet, K15C engine that makes 86.6hp/121.5Nm. Transmission duties on both cars are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The vehicles get USB chargers and multiple airbags
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG and XL6 CNG have spacious cabins with auto climate control, rear AC vents, keyless entry, USB chargers, and a multifunctional steering wheel. They house a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment console with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, and crash sensors ensure the safety of the passengers.
How much do they cost?
In India, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Delta CNG and Zeta CNG costs Rs. 8.28 lakh and Rs. 9.21 lakh, respectively. Meanwhile, the XL6 Zeta CNG sports a price figure of Rs. 12.24 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).