Maruti Suzuki has started teasing its upcoming Baleno premium hatchback ahead of its scheduled launch on October 26, 2015. Just so you know, Maruti Baleno would be the second company vehicle after the S-Cross to be sold via the NEXA premium dealerships. Being unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last month, Maruti Baleno would be pitted against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz. It would be presented in both petrol and diesel guises; however, the all-new 1.0L turbocharged Boosterjet petrol motor wouldn't be offered at the time of launch.
Measuring 3995mm in length, 1745mm in width and 1470mm in height, it would be bigger and spacious than the Swift hatch. Even, the Baleno hatch would have an impressive boot capacity of 355 litres. Underpinning an all-new platform, the Baleno is expected to come loaded with several exquisite features like LED tail-lamp cluster and daytime running lights. For those asking, the Maruti YBA compact SUV and new-generation Swift hatch would also be based on this all-new platform. In addition, the hatch is learnt to be riding on 16-inch alloy wheels. Maruti Baleno would introduce 7.0-inch SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay to the Indian audiences. Predominantly, Baleno's interior elements would be shared with Swift and Swift DZire.
Mechanically, the Baleno, earlier codenamed as Maruti YRA, would be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by the company's tried and tested 1.2L, 4-cylinder motor, while the Fiat-sourced 1.3L, 4-cylinder diesel motor would be at the helm of affairs for the oil burner variants. Disappointingly, Suzuki's newly-developed 1.0L turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine wouldn't be available with the India-spec Maruti Baleno. However, some reports have indicated that it might be launched at some later stages. The petrol variants, apart from the conventional 5-speed manual gearbox, would have an optional CVT gearbox. As for the diesel variants, they are expected to come with Maruti's latest SHVS technology. Recently, the country's largest automaker introduced this technology with the Ciaz mid-sized sedan.