With a week left for its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the production of the Maruti Baleno (Suzuki Baleno in Europe) has commenced at the Indian automaker’s Manesar facility. The car will be solely made in India and exported to all the international markets including Suzuki’s home country Japan.
The Job 1 features a honeycomb meshed front grille indicating that it is an export-spec model. Earlier spyshots and patent leaks indicate that the version destined for the domestic market will have twin chrome slats like the ones on the S-Cross.
To be pitted against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, VW Polo, etc., in the international markets, the Baleno would be relying on its spacious cabin and affordability to make inroads. The hatchback will offer contemporary features such as automatic climate control, touchscreen multimedia infotainment system, reverse parking sensor, navigation, Bluetooth telephony, etc. Safety equipment such as multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, etc, will also be in the offing.
Based on Suzuki’s new lightweight architecture that will also underpin several upcoming compact models, the Baleno will be positioned above the Swift. Powertrain lineup will include a new 1.0-litre turbocharged BoosterJet petrol engine in addition to the familiar K12B petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions are expected to be in the mix.
Maruti is expected to launch the Baleno in India sometime next month.
Maruti Baleno – Pics
Via – TheautomotiveIndia.com