Ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15, the Maruti Baleno has been spied at what appears to be a stockyard in Gurgaon. The global premium hatchback is the first Suzuki model to be exclusively made in India for global consumption.
The latest spyshots reveal the car’s six exterior color options. To be positioned above the Swift, the Baleno for the European market is a shade longer than 4 metre. The India-spec model will get revised bumpers to achieve a sub-4m length.
Suzuki has already revealed that Baleno will be powered by a 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology. The car is also expected to be powered by 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engines and the familiar 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine.
To be pitted against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and VW Polo, Maruti Baleno will have cabin space, new engine technology and lightweight platform to its advantage. With the new product, India’s largest passenger car maker is planning to take home significant market share in a lucrative segment.
While the Baleno is slated to go on sale in international markets in early 2016, Maruti would be launching it in India sometime this festive season, probably in October. From the looks of it, production has already commenced in full swing.