The 66th Frankfurt Motor Show will witness the world debut of the all-new Baleno. Suzuki plans to showcase their new “ideal hatchback” to the media on September 15, 2015. The motor show will be open to public from September 17-27, 2015.
In its new form, the Baleno takes after the IK-2 concept that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show this year. It’s powered by Suzuki’s newly developed 1.0-litre Boosterjet direct injection turbocharged petrol engine. Reduced engine displacement, a bump in power and torque and weight-saving technologies are said to have improved the fuel economy of the 2016 Suzuki Baleno.
In India, the Suzuki Baleno was sold as a mid-sized premium car from Maruti until 2006 when it was discontinued to make way for the SX4. Since then, the car has been a rare sight on Indian roads. Observant followers of the TV series Better Call Saul would immediately recognise the Baleno (a US-spec 1998 version yellow car that retailed as the Esteem) as the protagonist, mob lawyer Saul Goodman’s ride. Let’s hope this revival from Suzuki makes a better case for the Baleno.