Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, is gearing up for its new premium hatchback Baleno in October.

A latest report of Motown India reveals that Maruti Baleno will hit the showroom floors towards the end of October. Although the exact launch date is not revealed yet, previous reports had suggested that the launch of new Maruti hatchback is likely on 26 October.

Apparently, the preparations are underway at Maruti Nexa, the latest destination for the company's premium offering to welcome the new member in the family. At present, only Maruti's new S-Cross premium crossover is sold through Nexa.

Baleno, the upcoming offering in the premium hatchback segment, is currently undergoing test runs in the country. Caught on camera countless times, Maruti Baleno, which made its maiden appearance recently at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, will take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and New Honda Jazz in India.

Baleno measures 3,995mm in length, 1,745mm in width and 1,470mm in height and is expected to come with 'V' shaped front grille, sweptback headlamps, daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators and alloy rear spoilers.

Expected to be priced in the range of Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh, Baleno will pack the company's newly-developed 1.0-litre Boosterjet direct injection turbocharged petrol engine and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motors along with the SHVS mild-hybrid system debuted with Ciaz hybrid under the hood.