Suzuki Baleno to target customers who find the Swift small – Report

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Indian launch towards end-October.

Suzuki Australia’s head, Andrew Moore, told Motoring.com.au the sort of customers the Suzuki Baleno would target. According to Mr. Moore, the Baleno will appeal to customers who find the Suzuki Swift “a bit too small”. He added that the Baleno would be a step up for these buyers.

2016 Suzuki Baleno side at IAA 2015
The Baleno will share engines with the Swift in India.

The Baleno remains unconfirmed for the Australian market, but for Europe, it is announced to launch in early-2016. The Indian market will get it ahead of Europe, when Maruti launches the premium hatchback towards the end of October, according to reports.

Taking on rivals such as the VW Polo, Honda Jazz and the Hyundai Elite i20, the Baleno is expected to be sold through Maruti’s NEXA chain of dealerships. It’ll be available with a 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine in India, with the latter possibly getting the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) micro-hybrid system. Additionally, a CVT is expected to be offered with the petrol engine.

2016 Suzuki Baleno center console at the IAA 2015
Maruti’s SmartPlay system will be available on the top-spec trims.

Also read: Sales of Maruti’s AMT-fitted cars crosses 50,000 units – IAB Report

For markets elsewhere, the Baleno will be powered by the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine capable of 110 hp and 170 Nm of torque, and a 1.2-liter DualJet petrol engine with SHVS.

At the tape, 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).

2016 Suzuki Baleno – Image Gallery

2016 Suzuki Baleno Interior – Image gallery

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