It was reported last time that India will be exporting the new Suzuki Baleno to around 100 counties, including the homeland of Suzuki itself, Japan. And now Suzuki has recently launched India-made Suzuki Baleno in Japan.
The new car has been put up for sale with two engine variants, a 1.25-liter K-Series DualJet petrol engine and a newly-developed BoosterJet 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.25-liter K-Series DualJet will be sold in Suzuki Baleno XG variant. Baleno XG comes equipped with a CVT gearbox. The car is rated at 90 bhp and 118 Nm of torque and reportedly returns a fuel average of 24.6 km/l in the Japanese JC08 driving cycle. Japanese Baleno XG is also loaded with features like ESP, hill hold and Radar-based autonomous braking system.
Whereas the turbocharged engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, will be available in Suzuki Baleno XT. The turbocharged engine is rated at 109 bhp and 160 Nm of torque, and you can have it with paddle shifters as well. The car is reported to cover 20 kilometers in a liter in the Japanese JC08 driving cycle. XT being the top of the line, has extra features lie 16” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, and also cruise control.
Pak Suzuki will be launching, at least, two new models in next five years. The company had quite a successful run with its flagship cars in Pakistan, the Suzuki Margalla and then Suzuki Baleno. The Liana couldn’t make an impact as its predecessors. It will be interesting to see if Pak Suzuki decides to bring this highly successful new Baleno to Pakistan. And if they do, will it be imported in semi-knocked down units or as fully assembled cars. But until then, let’s hope we get our auto policy soon so that we could clearly understand the path our auto sector will take as a whole.