India-made Suzuki Baleno launched in Japan with Boosterjet engine – IAB Report

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Suzuki has launched the Baleno in its home market in Japan with two engine options and prices ranging from 1.414 million Yen. The made-in-India Baleno is offered in two main variants – XG and XT.

Suzuki Baleno launched in Japan
The Baleno with the DualJet engine is paired to a CVT, whereas the Boosterjet gets a 6AT.

Suzuki Baleno XG –

This variant of the Baleno is powered by the 1.25-liter K-Series DualJet petrol engine capable of 91 PS and 118 Nm of torque. Paired to a CVT, it returns 24.6 km/l in the Japanese JC08 driving cycle. It is priced at 1.414 million Yen (INR 8.44 lakhs).

In addition to features seen on the India-spec Baleno, the Japanese model offers Hill Hold, ESP and Radar-based autonomous braking system.

Suzuki Baleno 1.2 SHVS rear three quarter at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
The Baleno is made exclusively at the Manesar plant in Haryana.

Suzuki Baleno XT –

The Baleno XT is priced at 1.617 million Yen (INR 9.66 lakhs) and 1.728 million Yen (INR 10.33 lakhs) for the option pack. The XT variant is powered by the all-new Boosterjet 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine capable of 111 PS and 160 Nm of torque. It is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and claims 20 km/l in the JC08 test.

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In addition to the features seen on the XG, the XT gets cruise control, leather upholstery and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Japan is one of hundred export markets for the Baleno made in Manesar, Haryana.

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