As the arrival of Maruti’s new star approaches, the excitement for this brand new hatchback is on an all time high. Adding further to this excitement, Maruti has finally showcased Baleno on the Nexa official website as ‘The Premium Hatchback’. Adding to the S Cross, Nexa line of showrooms will now retail two cars. This car was first showcased by Suzuki in the Frankfurt IAA on September 15. An unofficial launch date of October 26, 2015 have surfaced in the auto space for Maruti’s latest offering but the website says 'coming soon to Nexa' without any hint of the official launch date. Baleno is built on an all new platform from Maruti Suzuki which will also be the carrier of upcoming Maruti cars like YBA and the next-gen Swift.
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The car will offer both petrol and diesel options with the SHVS Hybrid tech integrated with the diesel engine. The petrol option will be a 1.2-litre VVT unit which produces 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. While the diesel version will most probably be a 1.3-litre DDiS190 unit with an output of 74bhp at 4000rpm and a torque output of 190Nm at 2000rpm. Further, SHVS tech is expected to be a part of Baleno in the future. The car is dressed in an all-black theme with silver accents and chrome highlights on the instrument cluster and steering wheel. The hatch is also equipped with a 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system which is borrowed from the Ciaz and S Cross. On the outside, Baleno uses a new design philosophy from Maruti Suzuki with the ‘V’ shape front grille, partial floating roof, sloping roof line, rear spoiler and the new Suzuki alloys.
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