Suzuki recently launched the Baleno hatchback as a model that’s placed above the smaller Swift. Even though the Japanese auto manufacturer has previously used the nameplate of Baleno, this completely new model actually doesn’t share anything with previous model. It arrives as a B-segment 5-door super-mini that offers an excellent value for money, just as one would expect from Suzuki’s model.
Apart from the two conventional powertrains, Baleno will be adopting a mild hybrid system as well. 2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid will be using this hybrid system after the Ciaz and Ertiga model.
2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid Exterior and Interior
2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid is based on the ik2 concept, which was first revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It will surely feature some inspirations from Suzuki Swift, another extremely popular model from the car manufacturer. Furthermore, it will be based on a new platform that reduces its kerb weight and increases its stiffness at the same time. This new model also has reduced vibration and noise levels. A new suspension system is on offer as well. The roof design’s the most noticeable feature of this model and it is also borrowed from the ik2 concept model.
The interior design of this vehicle is quite different from that of Swift. The cabin of 2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid is a lot more modern, with features like LCD on the dashboard and a new centre console having chrome trim. There is a 7-inch touchscreen on the central stack for controlling navigation, iPhone connectivity, music and other infotainment applications.
As far as powertrain is concerned, 2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid utilizes its hybrid SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology. It was first used on the Suzuki Ciaz and later on the Suzuki Ertiga. The 2018 Baleno Hybrid also features this SHVS system. It comes with an integrated starter generator that helps a 1.2 liter Dualjet engine accelerate from a standstill.
This Dualjet engine generates 89 HP along with 89 lb-ft torque on its own. The hybrid offering of Baleno will be more fuel efficient and refined that the regular models. With the mild hybrid system, this model emits only 92 gms of carbon dioxide. A CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is available with this model.
Price, Release Date and Competition
The name Baleno is more commonly known in Australian and Asian markets only. Of late, the carmaker is shifting its focus to the European market, which has become a great place for sub-compact vehicles. The success rate of this model is so great that Suzuki has retained the Baleno name.
Baleno’s hybrid model has previously seen the Frankfurt Auto show. Now, it has been announced to make its grand global debut in Germany. 2018 Suzuki Baleno Hybrid will be competing against models like VW Polo and Ford Fiesta, which are amongst the top selling models in Europe. It will hit the market sometime in 2017 with no details on pricing revealed yet. However, it has been suggested that it could have a price tag higher than $14,000.