No surprises there, we see at least two of ’em in every single road here in India. The Baleno has achieved 5 lakh sales in a record time of just 38 months, and by doing so, the “premium hatchback” has also managed to sabotage the sales of its own sibling – Ignis.
So much so that the company decided to discontinue the diesel variants of the Ignis. The Baleno currently starts at Rs 5.38 lakh while the Ignis is priced at Rs 4.66 lakh, ex-Delhi. However, the buyers see the Baleno as a better overall package and the Ignis’ design is probably not to everyone’s taste.
Launched in October 2015, the Baleno currently holds about 27% market share in its segment in India. The Baleno RS joined the lineup in March 2017, powered by a 100 bhp 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
“Our engineers have ensured that Baleno offers superior ride and handling, class leading performance and safety. With a staggering 20.6 % growth in first half of 2018-19, Baleno has been among the top selling cars in India, since 2016. We are grateful for our customers’ constant support that has made Baleno India’s most preferred premium hatchback,” said R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki.