Maruti Baleno confirmed for a festive season launch – IAB Report

Posted on: Sep 22, 2015 - 6:12pm IST

Premium hatchback likely to be sold through NEXA.

In a communication with today, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that it will launch the Maruti Baleno premium hatchback in the festive season (October-November period).

2016 Suzuki Baleno right front three quarter at IAA 2015
The Baleno is 3,995 mm x 1,745 mm x 1,470 mm (Length x Width x Height) and the sub-4m length will qualify it for lower excise duty.

The Baleno had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, though a concept (concept iK-2) previewing its design was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

At 3,995 mm in length, 1,745 mm in width and 1,470 mm in height (1,460 mm with SHVS – Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), the Baleno will take on the Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and the VW Polo in India’s premium hatchback market.

2016 Suzuki Baleno dashboard at the IAA 2015
A multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control and Maruti’s SmartPlay entertainment system are some of the interior facets.

For the Indian market, the Baleno is expected to be powered by a 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-liter DDiS Fiat MultiJet diesel engine. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be a standard offering on both engines, but the petrol could also get the option of a CVT, in a bid to pitch it against the Jazz CVT and the Polo GT TSI.

Features seen on the Euro-spec Baleno included projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, chrome door handles with keyless entry request button, alloy wheels, rear wiper and washer, rear spoiler, reverse camera and turn indicators on the wing mirrors.

2016 Suzuki Baleno rear three quarters at IAA 2015
The Baleno for India is expected with a 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine.

Inside, the Baleno will feature a multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, Maruti’s SmartPlay entertainment system, and a new instrument cluster with power and torque readouts.

2016 Suzuki Baleno – Image Gallery

2016 Suzuki Baleno Interior – Image gallery

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