Maruti Baleno to be sold in 100 markets worldwide – Report

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Manesar plant has started production.

The Maruti Baleno is scheduled for market launch in India on October 26. Apart from local distribution, the premium hatchback will be exported to 100 markets worldwide, according to an NDTV Auto report. Even the company’s home market, Japan, will be sourcing the Baleno from the Manesar plant via CBU route.

2016 Suzuki Baleno right front three quarter at IAA 2015
Maruti Suzuki exports cars to 125 markets from India, of which the Baleno will be sent to 100 countries.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited exports its products to 125 countries including European nations, markets in Africa and South America, and Asian countries like the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The export version of the Baleno, chiefly the one destined for the European markets, will have a more comprehensive safety package, which will include the radar-based Autonomous Emergency Braking. Further, some export-spec models will be powered by the new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine, while the Indian version will be driven by the familiar 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced DDiS diesel motor.

2016 Suzuki Baleno dashboard at the IAA 2015
India is currently the sole manufacturing base for the Baleno premium hatchback.

The 1.2-litre VVT petrol mill produces 84.3 PS maximum power and 115 Nm peak torque, returning a mileage of 21.4 kmpl. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine churns out 75 PS and 190 Nm, and is capable of delivering 27.39 kmpl mileage. Both power plants will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the petrol receives an extra, CVT option.

2016 Suzuki Baleno – Image Gallery

2016 Suzuki Baleno Interior – Image gallery

[Source – NDVT Auto]

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