baleno

The long-forgotten Suzuki Baleno nameplate will be resurrected for a new hatchback – the production version of Geneva’s iK-2 concept – that will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Judging from the teaser video and sole side profile photo released, the Baleno will look almost identical to the show car, with tall headlights, distinctive front grille, blacked-out pillars, curvy side profile and short rear overhang. The only changes we can see are the smaller wheels, some minor detail changes and more production-friendly head- and tail lights, wing mirrors and door handles.

The new car’s market positioning is unclear, and official dimensions have yet to be released. Given that the iK-2 measured 4,023 mm long, 1,920 mm wide and 1,450 mm tall (with a 2,520 mm wheelbase), however, we can expect the Baleno to be a B-segment supermini to challenge the likes of the similarly-sized Honda Jazz and Ford Fiesta in Europe.

Information regarding the iK-2 concept suggests that the Baleno will be built on an all-new platform and will boast improved NVH levels as well as increased rigidity and a lower kerb weight compared to Suzuki’s current crop of hatches.

Also set to be included is a new range of Boosterjet engines, inclusive of a 1.0 litre direct-injected turbo engine that promises improved fuel efficiency as well as performance. There will also be a Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) system on offer.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept