Maruti Suzuki announced that it has increased production of its premium hatchback Baleno by 34 per cent over the last 8 months to cut down the waiting period for the model. The premium hatchback made its launch in October 2015 and has been one of the top selling models from company’s premium dealership network, Nexa. Moreover, the model has already crossed a 4.5 lakh sales mark since its launch.
In a statement, R S Kalsi, MSI Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, said, “The availability of Baleno got a boost with the Suzuki Motor Gujarat plant operational at its full capacity of 2.5 lakh units annually”. He also further added, "With improved availability the average monthly sales of Baleno has touched around 18,000 units in the past 8 months, as compared to an average of around 14,000 units in the January 2017-August 2017 period".
The premium hatch competes with the new Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and the likes. It draws its power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 83bhp of power with 115Nm and the 1.3-litre diesel unit that develops 74bhp with 190Nm of top power. Transmission duty is carried by either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic on the petrol version, while the diesel variant gets a manual option only. Maruti also offers a sporty version of the Baleno, the RS variant that draw its power from a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit with 101bhp and 105Nm of torque, offered with a 5-speed manual only.
Maruti’s Baleno is not only manufactured for the Indian market, but is also exported to Japan and other international markets such as - Australia, Europe, Latin America and East Asia.