India’s favorite car manufacturing company, Maruti Suzuki in its pursuit of cracking the premium car segment in the country launched its brand new Baleno premium hatchback model in October, 2015. The smart, sporty and very capable Maruti Suzuki Baleno soon gained the attention and popularity in the Indian premium hatchback segment that Maruti always wanted. The fresh exterior styling, quality materials, well designed and interiors and an array of impressive features made the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno well deserving of all the appreciations that it received from the market experts and the customers.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback model gets powered by the same petrol and diesel engines that are put to use under the hood of the popular Maruti Swift. However, it is already known that the Indo-Japanese car major will soon be introducing Suzuki’s new 1.0 liter Booster-Jet turbocharged engine under the hood of the Baleno premium hatchback at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo.
Apart from the much anticipated Booster-Jet mill, new reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki will also be endowing the Baleno with a 1.4 liter petrol motor. At this point of time, it is good to clarify that this 1.4 liter petrol engine will not be available under the hood of the India-spec Baleno.
As the Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback is a global model, it will be exported to several countries from India. And this petrol engine will be available in the Baleno that is meant exclusively for the car market of South African. As per the reports, the South Africa-spec Baleno will get the same petrol engine that does the duty in the Maruti Ciaz premium sedan as well as the Maruti Ertiga MPV.
This 1.4 liter petrol motor in question has the ability to churn out a max power output of 91 bhp and a top torque of 130 Nm. For the car market of South Africa, Maruti Suzuki will introduce the Baleno equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission along with the choice of a 4 speed automatic transmission both of which are available with the Ciaz and Ertiga. While there are no details regarding the diesel version of the South African Baleno as yet, it is expected that it will get the same 1.3 liter Fiat sourced DDiS mill as the Indian version.
Currently, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s India-spec model packs in a 1.2 liter K-series petrol motor pumping out 83 bhp of power and 115 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.3 liter DDiS diesel unit that generates 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. Similar to the European spec-Baleno, the Indian model will also get a more powerful turbocharged 1 liter BoosterJet petrol mill that is good to develop 110 bhp of peak power and 130 Nm of top torque. At present, the Indian model of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatch gets the transmission choices of a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic unit.
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