Maruti Baleno Smart Hybrid caught testing

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A Maruti Baleno with a Smart Hybrid badge has been spotted testing in Delhi, which suggests that Maruti could offer a mild-hybrid variant sometime in the future.

Except for the Smart Hybrid badge on the tail gate, the car looks identical to the facelift version of the Baleno. It has the updated front end with the new grille and bumper. The test vehicle also has dual-tone alloy wheels and ORVMs with integrated turn signals. 

A mild-hybrid version of the Baleno is currently sold in the international market. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with Smart Hybrid tech. In India, the Baleno is available with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 83 BHP and 115 Nm of torque and a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that makes 74 BHP and 190 Nm of torque. While a 5-speed manual transmission is offered as standard, the petrol version gets an optional CVT. An RS, powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine producing 101 BHP and 150 Nm of peak torque is also offered.

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