Five months after showcasing the iK-2 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Suzuki has announced that it will be debuting a production version of the five-seater hatchback and that it will wear the Baleno nameplate.
Not much else is revealed about the Baleno but the model is expected to sit above the Swift rather than to replace it.
Suzuki has not mentioned any dimensional details about the all-new Baleno, but the iK-2 Concept’s 4,023mm length and 1,920mm width suggests that it will be significantly longer (173 mm longer) and wider (225mm wider) than the Swift, lending credit to rumours that the Baleno will not replace the B-segment Swift, but that it will be a separate B+ segment model.
Given the strength of the Swift's nameplate, if it's an all-new Swift, you can be sure that Suzuki will call it as such rather than giving it a new name.
At Geneva, Suzuki also announced that it will reduce its platform count from four to three, and that its new platforms will be modular. The all-new Baleno is expected to be built on this new modular platform.
Also announced is the BOOSTERJET 1.0-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine. This is engine is expected to power the all-new Baleno.
More details will be revealed next month, when the Frankfurt International Auto Show opens on 16-September.