Maruti Suzuki has announced the introduction of an automatic transmission variant of the Baleno Zeta. Priced at Rs.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, the CVT was available only on the mid-trim Delta.
Baleno’s Zeta trim comes loaded with alloy wheels, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, chrome door handles, auto dimming IRVM, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry and go, illumination for the glovebox and an MID with a colour TFT screen.
"Baleno has rapidly found success to become a popular premium hatchback owing to its design, technology and performance,” said R.S. Kalsi, executive director (marketing & sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited. “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, bookings for the premium hatchback have crossed over 1 lakh and Maruti Suzuki has delivered over 44,000 Balenos to its customers.
In fact, the Delta CVT variant comes with a waiting period of around 6 months. The diesel powered Baleno Delta has a waiting period of 8 months. The company currently manages to deliver close to 8,000 units of the premium hatchback, and it is expected to increase production to meet the rising demand.
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.