Suzuki has announced the name of its all-new hatchback, which is being codenamed as YRA in India. The YRA hatchback is officially christened as Baleno and it would make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor show on September 15, 2015. Being based on the iK-2 Concept, it is learnt that the 'Baleno' nameplate is unlikely to be used in India. The production version of Baleno would also mark the debut of Suzuki's newly-developed 1.0L BOOSTERJET petrol motor at the 66th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Maruti Suzuki YRA would also be launched in India and would be positioned above the Swift hatchback. It would take on the duo of Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz. But, the Indian version won't be called Baleno as the company used to sell a sedan of this name earlier in the country, and it's performance was timid, which forced the Japanese automajor to discontinue it. The Suzuki Baleno would be powered by the newly-developed 1.0L BOOSTERJET direct injection turbocharged petrol engine. This engine would also be offered with the India-spec model of Baleno. The new petrol engine is said to be quite fuel efficient, while power output and torque performance are boosted by using a turbocharger.
Being based on a new-generation platform, the Baleno is expected to make its Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. The company has officially said that, "The new Baleno will be launched in the UK early next Summer." It indicates that an India launch might happen in the second half of 2016. The Baleno (YRA) has already been spied in as test mule in its production avatar in India. For those asking, Maruti Suzuki is also working on a sub 4-meter SUV - codenamed as YBA - which would also be launched in 2016 in the country. The company intends to sell 2 million units by 2020 globally, and out of which lion's share is expected to come from India.