New Suzuki Baleno (Maruti YRA) premium hatchback unveiled; global showcase in September

More details of the upcoming Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback, which is based on the iK-2 concept, have been revealed in a new official photograph. The car will sit above the Swift and will be showcased at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show on September 15.

New Suzuki Baleno Maruti YRA

While it remains to be seen what the car’s called (code-named Maruti YRA) when it reaches the Indian shores (expected next year), at the global level, Suzuki will re-use its popular ‘Baleno’ brand name. In terms of looks, the car is a departure from what the Swift has carried for a very long time now – the new Baleno features more rounded appearance, which is visibly less aggressive.

The subtle inclusions like the presence of door-mounted rear view mirrors (a la Swift and S-Cross), a small-ish but prominent grille, and Swift-like headlamps with added LED elements inside sit well with the company’s plans of positioning the car as a more premium offering than the Swift but with the familiarity intact.

On the inside, previous spy pictures suggest an all-black theme with silver accents on the dashboard. The steering wheel and instrument cluster both are likely to be shared with other MSIL products, and so will be the 7-inch Maruti SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system.

Suzuki Baleno Frankfurt Motor Show

In terms of engines, the company has announced that a 1-litre direct injection, turbocharged petrol engine, or BoosterJet in Suzuki’s lingo, will be used in the car. A smart hybrid system (complete with a start-stop system and an starter generator) is also expected under the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) branding, which after the upcoming Ciaz SHVS, is also expected on the Ertiga, and next generation versions of the Swift and the DzireThe system is likely to come mated to the hugely popular 1.3-litre diesel engine (Fiat sourced).

In line with Maruti’s plans of segregating its premium products from the regular line up, the company is likely to sell the Baleno (or whatever it’s going to be called) through the Nexa outlets.