2016 Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The trend of premium hatchback is once again back in the Indian market and this segment is positioned just above the standard hatchback segment. Recently we have seen some new entrants which includes the recently introduced Honda Jazz, Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo and the top contender the Hyundai Elite i20 hatchback. Maruti although has their Swift hatchback which is one capable and popular offering, but honestly it falls short when compared to its competitors in many fields.
Now Maruti does not really want to remain invisible from this segment which looks promising and has got lot of potential. When Suzuki decided to showcase the iK-2 concept during the 2015, Geneva Motor Show, we knew something is coming from Maruti and soon
The iK-2 concept surely looked practical enough unlike other concepts and almost production ready. Now according to the recent reports it was already spotted couple of times being tested both on the European and Indian roads as well.
This hatchback definitely promises to be a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki and will be slightly bigger than the their existing and ageing Swift hatchback. The bigger dimension has also resulted in an increased interior room as well, and just because this will be a premium offering thus also expect it to come loaded with more gizmos inside than the existing Swift.
Under the hood the Suzuki Baleno/YRA extracts its power from the 1.2 Litre K Series petrol motor while the diesel variant gets the 1.3 Litre Multijet diesel units. There are also talks that it will even get a more powerful 1.4 Litre unit too while the diesel will get the bigger 1.6 Litre unit which also powers the recently launched S-Cross Crosover.
Update 26/10/15:-Maruti has officially launched the Baleno hatchback on 26th of October 2015 and now all the details are available so we have decided to update this review with all the information. We must also inform you that the hatchback will be sold via the Nexa outlets which presently also sells Maruti’s only premium Crossover the S-Cross.
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