Maruti, the country's largest automaker, has commenced the export of all-new Baleno to Australia and New Zealand. It is being learnt that the Baleno hatchback would be launched in New Zealand in the second half of 2016, while the Australia launch would take place around the third quarter of this year. Surprisingly, Maruti has also shipped three units of Baleno to the United States, albeit not for sale but for some Research & Development (R&D) purpose.
Suzuki has already confirmed the launch of Baleno in Australia & New Zealand. The shipped units of the hatch were carrying manual as well as automatic transmissions. The Australia-spec Baleno would be powered by the company's all-new 1.0L, 3-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine. It would also boast of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility. Though, pricing and full specifications would be revealed during the launch in both these countries. Just so you know, Maruti Baleno is the first company car, which is fully developed in India and would be exported to over 100 countries.
Talking about the three units of Baleno shipped to the United States, they are powered by the 1.4L K14B petrol engine. Though, Suzuki's American subsidiary and even the Canadian subsidiary has stopped selling vehicles. As of now, they only retail bikes and power products. Hence, the possibilities of a comeback anytime sooner seams bleak. For those asking, Mexico is the only market in North America, where Suzuki cars are sold. It has been more than 4 years ever since Suzuki had sold vehicles in the United States. The company used to sell Kizashi hatchback in the USA.