Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) continues its CNG train and is ready to launch the Baleno and XL6 CNG. A budget-friendly fuel option is domestic automaker USP, which currently has nine of its CNG vehicles in the line-up. However, the popular premium hatchback and his six-seater MPV will be the first vehicles in the brand’s NEXA range to receive his CNG option. Maruti Suzuki currently leads the CNG division, followed by Hyundai and Tata Motors. A more affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional diesel and gasoline fuels, his CNG vehicles are fuel efficient and a budget-friendly fuel option.
Nexa Baleno CNG
Baleno and Glanza have always gone hand in hand, so it goes without saying. The Baleno CNG will be offered in mid-range trims, Delta and Zeta trim. On the contrary, Glanza should also offer his CNG in the top variant. The price difference between the gasoline and CNG versions of both models is INR 95,000.
Visually there is no difference at all. The new Baleno CNG continues to feature the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. Power output is definitely down this time. Output is 77.5 hp and 98.5 Nm, as opposed to 90 hp and 113 Nm of torque in the petrol version. Of course, given that the Baleno is a hatchback, the 55-litre CNG tank means a compromise on luggage volume. But while it loses in trunk space, it wins in mileage! Well, the launch of Glaza CNG is just around the corner.
Maruti Suzuki XL6 CNG
The XL6 CNG uses a 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine. It has enough power to produce 87 hp and 121.5 Nm peak torque in CNG mode and 100 hp and 136 Nm in petrol mode. It is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission. The fuel efficiency of both vehicles is in line with the brand’s current CNG offering, thanks to the identical powertrains of the Swift CNG and Ertiga CNG.
As for price, XL6 and Baleno CNG will demand a premium of around Rs. 90,000 more than their regular gasoline-powered counterpart. If some media reports are to be believed, the Baleno CNG will be offered in Delta and Zeta trim, while the XL6 CNG will only be available in the base Zeta trim.
Maruti Suzuki’s CNG vehicles have always revolutionized the market. With this step, Maruti has also revolutionized these segments. The Baleno continues to compete with the Tata Altros, Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz. Meanwhile, XL6 continues to compete with Kia Carens CNG. It will be interesting to see how competitors react to this industry breakthrough!
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