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Suzuki launches made-in-India Baleno in the UK

Suzuki launches made-in-India Baleno in the UK
Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Friday 20 May 2016, 14:08 PM

Suzuki has launched the India-made Baleno for the UK market at prices starting from £12,999 (Rs 12.77 lakh). The premium hatchback, which will go on sale from June 1, gets some additional features over the model sold in India.

This 2017 Baleno is the company’s first car to use Suzuki’s new platform. For the UK market, it gets features including HID headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, front power windows, six airbags, satellite navigation, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control with speed limiter as standard. In addition, the top-end trims get LED tail lamps, rear power windows, automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch central MID display, Adaptive Cruise Control and Radar Brake Support.

On the engine front, the main highlight is the variant that comes powered by a 110bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine. It comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with the option of a six-speed automatic transmission as well. The manual does the 0-100kmph sprint in 11.4 seconds, while the automatic does that in only 11 seconds.

The other variant comes powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with the integrated starter generator (ISG) and a compact lithium-ion battery. This is the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) micro-hybrid technology also seen in the Maruti Ciaz and Ertiga in India. This mill comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission with the availability of a CVT transmission.

Suzuki has priced the Baleno in the UK in the range of £12,999-15,349 (Rs 12.77 lakh to Rs 15.11 lakh). The Japanese carmaker had earlier showcased the India-made Baleno at the Geneva Motor Show. This was in line with their marketing plan of selling the Baleno in over 100 countries including Europe and Japan. This fiscal we can expect a huge boost in Maruti Suzuki's exports as it's supplying the global hatchback to different countries.

 

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