Maruti Suzuki is gearing up for an aggressive new model lineup in 2022 after a slightly silent 2021 and we have some exclusive details for you. The list of new launches from the company in this year is quite extensive but in this story we’ll focus on the first two launches for the year. Interestingly, both launches from Maruti Suzuki are going to be hatchbacks, thereby going against the trend of SUVs accounting for most of the new launches in recent times.
Sources close to the development have informed us that the first Maruti Suzuki launch in 2022 is going to be the Celerio CNG. Maruti will launch the CNG version of Celerio in the later part of January and while the exact date is not confirmed yet we expect the launch to happen around the 20th January.
Maruti launched the Celerio in November, 2021 in petrol version between a price of Rs 4.99 to Rs 6.94 lakh. The CNG version will come with a factory-fitted CNG kit and will offer higher fuel-efficiency at a slightly higher cost. The new Cerio is already the country’s most fuel-efficient car with a claimed figure of 26.68 kmpl. The CNG version could return well over 30 km/kg while lowering emissions.
The next vehicle to go on sale will be the much-awaited Baleno facelift, which will be launched in the last week of February, 2022. Updates to the Baleno are going to be significant as they’ll cover exterior and interior design along with new features. On the outside, the new Baleno will sport a sleeker design with revised bumpers, grille, hood and head lamps. Changes at the rear are expected to include a revised bumper, tailgate and tail lamps.
Inside the cabin, the Baleno facelift will get a larger touchscreen along with new connectivity features, bringing it closer to its key rival Hyundai i20. In addition, the cabin is expected to feature some aesthetic upgrades such as redesigned dashboard and updated seat covers.
On the engine front, we do not expect any changes and the company will continue to use the 1.2 L petrol engines powering the Baleno presently. Transmission options too are expected to remain unchanged with a five-speed manual gearbox and CVT.
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