Suzuki's new Baleno hatchback will be launched in Australia later this year. The company will first launch the fourth generation Vitara in the Australian market, followed by the Baleno.
The new Baleno will be exported to Australia from India. The Baleno, which will sit between Swift and Vitara in the Australian market, has been confirmed to launch in the third quarter of this year, reports The Chronicle.
While in markets like India, the Baleno is available with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines, in Australia, the hatchback is expected to also include BoosterJet engine under the hood. The Australian-spec Suzuki Baleno will include 355 litres of boot capacity, 7-inch infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Audio smartphone connectivity.
The India-specific Baleno includes a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine under the hood. While the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine is tuned to develop 83bhp and 115Nm of torque, the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to five-speed manual transmission and the petrol engine is also available with a CVT automatic gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the second car to be sold through the company's new Nexa chains in India, will also be exported to over 100 countries, and India will be the manufacturing hub. Recently, Maruti Suzuki dispatched the first lot of 1,800 units of the Baleno from the Mundra Port in Gujarat to Japan. The Baleno will be exported to Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Spain from India. The premium hatchback will also be sold in Latin American countries such as Chile, Paraguay and Colombia.