India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has added another automatic variant to the Baleno lineup.
Baleno's Zeta variant now gets a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) automatic unit, priced at Rs. 7.47 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), and comes loaded with all the features and equipment that are currently offered on the manual Zeta variant. Previously, Baleno was offered with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) only as an option on the Delta variant and it lacked features like the alloy wheels, front fog lamps etc.
In terms of features, the Zeta variant of the Baleno comes equipped with 16 inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, chrome door handles, auto dimming IRVM, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry with push button start, illumination for the glovebox, leather wrapped steering wheel and a MID with a colour TFT screen.
It misses out on projector headlamps, reverse parking camera and a SmartPlay infotainment system that the top-end Alpha variant gets. Talking about the new variant, R.S. Kalsi, executive director (marketing & sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, "Baleno has rapidly found success to become a popular premium hatchback owing to its design, technology and performance. 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 popularize two pedal technologies."
The Baleno Zeta is powered by the same 1.2-litre K-Series as its manual counterpart. Power figures also remain same at 84PS/115Nm of torque. In the hatchback segment, the new Maruti Suzuki Zeta faces competition from the likes of the Honda Jazz, the Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo are the other hatchbacks in this segment that offer an automatic variant.