Suzuki Baleno (2015)

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Suzuki Baleno
2016 Suzuki Baleno SZ5 Boosterjet 1.0 Front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSuzuki
Also calledMaruti Suzuki Baleno
ProductionSeptember 2015–present
AssemblyIndia: Manesar (Maruti Suzuki)
Algeria: Saïda[1]
DesignerSuzuki style centre Turin (Italy)
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini (B)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedSuzuki Ignis[2]
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L Boosterjet I3 turbo (petrol)
1.2 L Dualjet I4 (petrol)
1.2 L K-series I4 (petrol)
1.4 L K-series I4 (petrol)
1.3 L DDiS I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic AWTF-80 SC(Boosterjet)
CVT automatic (Dualjet and K-Series)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99 in)[3]
Length3,995 mm (157.3 in)[3]
Width1,745 mm (68.7 in)[3]
Height1,460–1,470 mm (57.5–57.9 in)[3]
Curb weight865–980 kg (1,907–2,161 lb)[3]
Chronology
PredecessorSuzuki Swift (Indonesia)
Suzuki Baleno

The Suzuki Baleno is a subcompact car (B segment) produced by the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki since 2015. Prior to this, the "Baleno" name had been applied to the Suzuki Cultus Crescent in numerous export markets.

The car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015,[4][5] and was launched in India on 24 October 2015 and in Japan on 9 March 2016.[6] It became available in Europe in April 2016[6] and in Indonesia on 10 August 2017 at the 25th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The Indonesian market Baleno is based on the Baleno RS, and it replaced the third generation Swift in Indonesia.

It is manufactured exclusively in India, by Maruti Suzuki, as a five-door hatchback. It is built on a powertrain range of three options (for the international model): a new 1.0 l Boosterjet three cylinder direct injection turbo petrol engine, a four-cylinder 1.2 l Dualjet petrol engine with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) and a normal 1.2 l Dualjet petrol engine.[7]

There are three engine options for the Indian model: a 1.2 l four cylinder K-Series petrol engine, a 1.3 l four cylinder DDIS 190 diesel engine and the 1.0 l Boosterjet engine in the variant Baleno RS which is the same engine that is found in European baleno.[8]

It was tested by Euro NCAP in April 2016, receiving three star overall safety rating for the basic version and a four star overall safety rating for the version with the extra security package. It offers standard frontal and side head and chest airbags, as well as forward collision warning with auto braking.[9]

Other/unrelated versions[edit]

From 1995 to 2002, the Suzuki Baleno that was sold in Europe and Asia Pacific was a rebadged Suzuki Cultus Crescent. After the introduction of the Suzuki Aerio in 2001, the Baleno name was discontinued in Europe and Asia Pacific, and the name would be used only in Indonesia, where the Baleno was a rebadged Suzuki Aerio sedan, marketed as the Suzuki Baleno, with the sportier version called the Suzuki Baleno Next-G, sold from 2002 to 2007, and also a rebadged Suzuki SX4 sedan, marketed as the Suzuki Neo Baleno and then Suzuki Baleno SX4, that was sold from 2008 to 2010. The first generation Maruti Suzuki Baleno was also produced and sold in India until 2007.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS[edit]

Suzuki Baleno RS
Baleno RS-Chandigarh,India.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSuzuki
Also calledMaruti Suzuki Baleno RS
Production2017–present
AssemblyIndia: Manesar (Maruti Suzuki)
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini (B)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L Boosterjet I3 turbo (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed automatic AWTF-80 SC(Boosterjet)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)[3]
Length3,995 mm (157.3 in)[3]
Width1,745 mm (68.7 in)[3]
Height1,460–1,470 mm (57.5–57.9 in)[3]
Curb weight950 kg (2,094 lb)[3]

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is a hatchback passenger vehicle. Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker Suzuki Motor Corporation, has launched it in the domestic car market of India on 3 March 2017. The RS version of the hatchback has been equipped with a compact one litre, three cylinder, BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine making it sportier than the standard Baleno model.[citation needed]

Baleno RS belongs to the premium hatchback segment of the Indian automotive market and is offered to be exclusively sold through Maruti Suzuki’s premium NEXA outlets across India like the standard Baleno version. The Baleno RS competes with the premium hatchback models in the Indian market such as the Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz, Fiat Abarth Punto Evo and the Volkswagen Polo GT.

The Maruti Baleno RS was first displayed in India as a concept model at the 2016 Auto Expo, alongside the company’s mini crossover styled tallboy city car Ignis. The Baleno RS and the Ignis were supposed to launch by the end of 2016, but both the launches got pushed to the beginning of 2017, due to a lot of pending deliveries for the standard Baleno and the Vitara Brezza and production constraints.

The standard Baleno was launched in the Indian car market in October, 2015 and ever since, has been one of the bestselling car models from Maruti Suzuki India.

Engine[edit]

The car is powered by a Suzuki 1.0 liter BoosterJet K10C DiTC petrol motor. This three cylinder, Direct Injection Turbocharged petrol engine is new generation unit of the familiar K10 engines and has been specifically developed by Suzuki Motor Corp. for the export markets such as the United Kingdom.

The Baleno RS version in the United Kingdom gets powered by this engine, and it offers a maximum power output of 111 bhp (83 kW; 113 PS) along with 170 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) of peak torque in the United Kingdom. However, the same engine has been detuned for the Indian car market. The Indian spec Baleno RS offers a maximum power of 101 bhp (75 kW; 102 PS) and 150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) of torque.[citation needed]

The Baleno RS continues to get equipped by the same five speed manual transmission gearbox that is offered in the standard version of the car.

Exterior[edit]

Baleno RS model comes with some exterior styling updates to differentiate itself from the stock model.[citation needed] The Baleno RS is equipped with bi-xenon projector headlights and electrically operated Outside Rearview Mirrors.

The other changes on the design perspective of the RS come in the form of a front splitter, new side skirts and a new design for its rear bumper, and RS badge at the rear. The car also comes with the same 16 inch alloy wheels of its regular counterpart, but they are painted black for the RS version.

The RS also comes with the same 195/65 Apollo Alnac 4G tyres.

The Baleno RS is based on a wheelbase that measures 2520 mm. The car is 3995 mm long, 1745 mm wide and 1510 mm high. Its dimensions are thus, identical to the standard Baleno hatchback. It offers a fuel tank capacity of 37 liters and comes with a boot space of 339 liters.

Exterior features include Chrome Finished Front Grille, Blacked Out B Pillar, Body Coloured Bumpers, A-Pillar in Glossy Black Finish, C Pillar in High Gloss Finish, Back door spoiler, Chrome Door Handles and Black Alloy Wheels.

Interior[edit]

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS comes with the same cabin design as that of the regular Baleno model. In terms of cabin design as well as equipment list, nothing changes on the RS, excepting new floor mats with RS logo on them.

The list of features on the Baleno RS include; SmartPlay Infotainment System along with Smartphone Connect/Apple CarPlay, GPS Navigation System, voice recognition, bluetooth compatibility, leather wrapped steering wheel, front footwell illumination, illuminated glovebox, height adjustable driver seat, Front centre armrest with storage, Luggage room, illumination, tilt and telescopic power steering wheel with mounted controls, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, push start/stop with smart key, 60:40 split rear seat, projector headlamps, front fog lights, LED Daytime Running Lights, follow me home headlamps, etc.

Performance[edit]

Maruti Baleno houses a 1.2-litre K-Series engine that churns about 83bhp of power. The power house is connected to either a five-speed manual or a CVT.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.autobip.com/actualite_auto/autowest_2018_suzuki_cima_motors_exposition_des_modeles_made_in_dz_commercialisation_reportee/6507 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ L'Automobile Magazine – Hors-Serie – Toutes les voitures du monde (in French). 24 March 2016. p. 297. Sous sa carosserie aguicheuse, il cache la plate-forme de la Baleno.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Suzuki Motor Poland" (in Polish). Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ "2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: Suzuki Baleno". inautonews.com.
  5. ^ "New Suzuki Baleno revealed at Frankfurt motor show". Autocar.com.
  6. ^ a b "Suzuki at 2016 Geneva Motor Show". Global Suzuki. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ Mihalascu, Dan (15 September 2015). "New Suzuki Baleno Comes With 110HP 1.0L Turbo [w/Videos]". Carscoops. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.team-bhp.com/news/rumour-maruti-baleno-rs-launch-india-february-2017
  9. ^ http://euroncap.blob.core.windows.net/media/22781/euroncap-suzuki-baleno-suzuki-baleno-datasheet.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Suzuki Baleno at Wikimedia Commons