Maruti Suzuki Baleno export will increase to over 100 countries in the coming months as new markets are targeted by the leading car maker
India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Baleno premium hatchback in new markets which include Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia, Caribbean Islands and South Africa in the upcoming months. It is part of the new venture to ship the model to over 100 countries. Within a year since its launch, the hatchback sold exclusively from Nexa premium outlets has crossed one lakh sales milestone recently.
Caribbean Islands, Uruguay, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Indonesia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries targeted by the Indo-Japanese manufacturer. Currently, the Baleno is being exported to European nations like Sweden, Switzerland, England, Austria, to France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
Alongside Australia, the India-made Baleno is being shipped to Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, etc. The Baleno saw an investment of over 1,000 crore rupees and is rolled off the production lines at the brand’s local facility in Manesar. It is the first model to be exported to Suzuki’s home market as well and reports say about 38,000 examples were exported to the aforementioned destinations.
The premium hatchback measures about a length of 3,995 mm, width of 1, 745 mm, height of 1,500 mm and has a wheelbase of 2,520 mm. The car comes with a ground clearance of 170 mm and features a credible 339 litres of bootspace. The five-door, five-seater, comes with 37 litres of fuel tank capacity and has 865 kilograms of kerb weight.
The turning radius stands at 4.9 metres and rides it on McPherson Strut front and Torsion Beam rear suspensions. The steering wheel is electric power-assisted and the front disc brakes combine with rear drum set-up for stopping duties. The base variants get 185/65 R15 steel rims while the top-spec models sits on 195/55 R16 alloy wheels.
The 1.2-litre, inline, four-cylinder, DOHC, 4V, K-Series VVT petrol motor is good enough to pump out a maximum power output of 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Driving the front wheels is through a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The diesel engine on offer is the similar 1.3-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged, Multijet DDiS 200 unit powering the Swift hatchback. It develops 75 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm. No automatic gearbox is provided and thus a five-speed manual serves the transmission purposes.
Source: NDTV Auto