Baleno is a name that has been attached with a not so successful sedan in the Indian market. Suzuki is bringing back the name but this time it is going to be strapped on to the boot of a hatchback. This new Suzuki Baleno will sit above the extremely successful Swift in the Indian market and will be launched by the end of October in the Indian car market.
Suzuki Australia’s head, Andrew Moore, told Motoring.com.au the sort of customers the Suzuki Baleno would target. Mr. Moore said the Baleno will appeal to customers who find the Suzuki Swift “a bit too small” and could be a step up for these people wanting a car that could seat 5 people comfortably.
Expected to do the duty are the usual 1.2-liter K-series petrol engines and the 1.3-litre diesel engines which might get the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid tag as well. The SHVS is a mild hybrid system that employs an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) to assist the petrol engine during acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking, taking advantage of the Indian government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles) scheme.
In the European market, the Baleno will come with a 1.0 liter Boosterjet engine capable of 110 hp and 170 Nm of torque, and a 1.2-liter DualJet petrol engine with SHVS. The main competition in India for the Baleno would be the Polo, Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz. The Baleno measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,745 mm in width and 1,470 mm in height (1,460 mm with the SHVS tech).
Expected to be priced around 7-8 lakh rupees, the Suzuki Baleno looks premium and stylish and might be sold through the NEXA range of showrooms started recently by Suzuki. We expect the launch to happen in the second half of October 2015, ideal considering the festive rush the industry experiences.