The first shipment of Made in India, Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback has reached Toyohashi Port, Japan. The first lot of Balenos was manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant, was exported to Japan in January. The Suzuki Baleno will be the first car ever manufactured by Maruti Suzuki, India to be exported to Japan, where its parent Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) is based.
Maruti Suzuki has dispatched the first consignment of 1,800 units, of the Baleno from the Mundra Port in Gujarat. The company also plans to export the Suzuki Baleno to over 100 global markets and is likely to export 30,000 - 40,000 units of the Baleno annually. The company has invested around Rs 1,060 crore in the development of Baleno.
The Suzuki Baleno exported were in the left hand drive configuration and the power package will vary depending on the country. In India, the Baleno is powered by a a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. Where the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine dishes out 83 bhp and 115 Nm of torque, the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill produces 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. Both the engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission and the petrol variant is also offered with a CVT automatic gearbox.