Maruti hikes prices of Baleno diesel range, Baleno RS petrol

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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 has over past two days 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.

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