Suzuki has announced that its upcoming premium hatchback, the Baleno, will be powered by the company’s new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine. The manufacturer has also confirmed that the the next-gen Swift will also receive the 1.0-litre unit. The Baleno premium hatchback was showcased in concept form at the Geneva motor show earlier. Recent spy pics
confirm that production of the model has already started at Maruti's Gurgaon plant.
The new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol Boosterjet engine is a part of Suzuki’s new family of direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines which also includes a larger 1.4-litre unit, likely to be introduced in the Chinese market. The new Baleno will be positioned above the Swift when it goes on sale and will compete with the likes of the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz in India.
Suzuki's first in-house diesel engine made its debut in the Celerio diesel. The other diesel engine to make its way to the Indian market will be a larger in-house developed 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit that is also expected to power the next-gen Swift. The new Maruti YBA compact SUV will be initially launched with the 1.3-litre diesel engine coupled with Maruti's fuel-saving SHVS technology.
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