Maruti Suzuki has introduced a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic option for the petrol Baleno’s top-spec, Alpha trim. The Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT is priced at Rs 8.34 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The pricing is more or less similar to the go-fast version of the hatchback, the Baleno RS, which is priced at Rs 8.37 lakh post-GST (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Among the top-three selling premium hatchbacks, the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Honda Jazz, it is the Baleno that offers a full-spec petrol automatic trim. The Jazz offers CVT with paddle shifters in its V CVT trim (second from top), which is almost fully loaded except for the Magic seats and touchscreen navigation. The Elite i20 automatic, on the other hand, is the most poorly loaded hatchback here as its automatic is based on the Magna trim (second from base). The VW Polo also offers a petrol-auto combo with its go-fast GT TSI model.