Maruti Baleno to be sold through NEXA; launch on October 26


Earlier this month, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car will be manufactured at the company's Manesar plant and exported to markets across the world. It will be launched in India on October 26.

Maruti was expected to sell the Baleno through its NEXA dealership network and now, Bimal NEXA, a dealership in Bangalore has listed the car on its website with a "coming soon" tag.

The Baleno will compete with the Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz. It measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,745 mm in width and 1,470 mm in height. It has sweptback headlamps, a V-shaped honeycomb grille, an air dam with horizontal slats, ORVMs with integrated turn-indicators, blackened A and B-pillars, wraparound tail lamps alloy wheels and a roof-mounted rear spoiler.

On the inside, the Baleno gets black interiors with silver accents. The car is expected to be equipped with features such as a multifunction steering wheel, SmartPlay infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, climate control, split folding rear seats and more.

The Baleno is likely to be powered by 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. Maruti could also equip it with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) technology.

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