Suzuki names premium hatchback Baleno, to debut in Frankfurt

Suzuki names premium hatchback Baleno, to debut in Frankfurt

Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp has named its premium hatchback as Baleno, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The company's Indian arm Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is expected to launch the model in the domestic market around the festive season this year.

"The all-new Baleno, an ideal hatchback from compact-car expert Suzuki, is set to make its world premiere at the 66th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show," Suzuki Motor Corp said in a statement.

As the production version of the iK-2 concept vehicle displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Baleno "harmoniously combines stylish design, spacious interior and new technologies", it added.

Although the new model shares name with erstwhile premium sedan Baleno, the company said "there's nothing common between the two models. They are completely different."

Maruti Suzuki had discontinued the mid-sized sedan Baleno in 2006 and was replaced by the SX4 later on. The company currently has Ciaz in the premium sedan segment.

MSI said it will have a "high number of new model launches" in this fiscal, including a compact sport utility vehicle, as it looks to consolidate its leadership position.

It has set a target of achieving two million sales annually by 2020. In order to boost presence in the premium segment, it has launched a new model S-Cross which will be retailed through the company's new chain of premium car outlets, Nexa

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