INDIA IS THE ONLY MANUFACTURING HUB FOR BALENO!
Suzuki will reveal the European-spec production version of the new Baleno hatchback at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2016. Since India is its global manufacturing base, Baleno was launched in India before its global appearance towards the end of last year. It will be launched in the UK in June, this year. Moreover, a few days ago, the first batch of Suzuki Baleno had arrived at the Toyohashi Port, Japan. It is the first car to be exported from India to Japan and it is manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar Plant.
Speaking of its engines in the UK, Baleno will be powered by Suzuki's new 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo Boosterjet engine, and 1.2-litre SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) powertrain featuring engine assist from an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) connected to a Lithium-ion battery.
Adding to developments with context to India, Maruti Suzuki had revealed a sportier version of the Baleno, christened as RS at the recently culminated 2016 Indian Auto Expo earlier this month. It will be powered by above mentioned 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol motor and will be most probably be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Baleno RS will compete with vehicles like VW Polo GT TSI and recently launched Abarth Punto 1.4-litre T-JET. The go-fast version subtly differentiates itself from the stock car with gunmetal painted alloys and sportier additions. The automaker will launch it around the festive season this year.