The premium and well appointed Suzuki Baleno is ready to roll. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, the Baleno will hit the Indian market in time for the festive season. Contrary to speculation, the car will be called Baleno in India too. It will compete with the Hyundai i20, and will be retailed at Maruti Suzuki’s premium dealerships – Nexa.
The Baleno for India will be available with a K12M petrol and the D13A diesel engines. One must know, the engines are almost identical to the powertrains you see in the Maruti Suzuki Swift in India. The diesel Baleno will be retailed only in the Indian market for now, and will not be offered in Europe for starters. With a CVT option in its kitty, the car will be a good challenger to the Honda Jazz, which, along with the Nissan Micra, also offers CVT. This will be Maruti’s first CVT.
The Baleno will also sport Apple Car Play – a first for the Indian market, and a great USP to have, especially in this segment. Besides this, expect connectivity and interface options like steering mounted controls and climate control.
Built on the new generation platform, the Baleno gets a ground clearance of 170mm, 355-litres of luggage space, and a turning radius of 4.9m. The fuel tank will take 37-litres of fuel. The company will offer both, 15- and 16-inch wheels on the Baleno hatchback.
Expect the car in the next few weeks, and our drive review by mid-October.