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Suzuki unveiled its all-new Baleno in Frankfurt. Made in India by Maruti Suzuki, the series production version of Geneva 2015’s iK-2 concept will begin selling in Europe in the spring of 2016.

The Japanese automaker says that it set out to create a hatchback with better technology in a smart packaging and make it fun to drive, and that the Baleno – which measures in at 3,995 mm long, 1,745 mm wide and 1,470 mm tall, with a 2,520 mm-long wheelbase – perfectly embodies all the elements expected in a car of this size.

New tech to the car is made up of a new-gen platform, a 1.0 litre Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine and a Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SVHS) mild hybrid system. Body rigidity is up by around 10%, while total vehicle weight has been reduced by approximately 15%.

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The 1.0 litre K10C DITC mill produces 110 hp at 5,500 rpm and has a maximum torque of 170 Nm from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm, and is available to be paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The automaker says the unit achieves greater fuel economy and provides more driving pleasure by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger.I

The Baleno is also available with a 1.2 Dualjet, a dual-injection petrol engine with improved thermal efficiency, creates a balance between performance and fuel efficiency. This power plant can also be paired with the five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The SHVS mild hybrid system, meanwhile, is available with the 1.2 Dualjet and uses an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) which assists the engine during acceleration and generate electricity during braking.

Exterior-wise, European customers will have nine body colours to choose from, and there’s a choice between 15-inch and 16-inch alloy wheels too. Inside, elements include a high-definition colour LCD display which shows driving G-force, engine output and torque, accelerator/brake operation and, if so equipped, energy flow for the SHVS.

There’s also a Smartphone Linkage Audio Display with a seven-inch touch panel screen as well as Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink support. As for luggage carrying capacity, the boot offers 355 litres of cargo space.

Safety kit includes ESP, six airbags and Radar Brake Support.With the latter, if the vehicle is travelling faster than 5 km/h, millimeter wave radar can detect potential collisions by alerting the driver, increasing braking force or automatically apply the brakes.