Suzuki’s New Baleno Hatch Begins Its European Adventure

The new Baleno hatchback is Suzuki’s answer to the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. Set to reach Euro showrooms early in 2016, it promises to deliver a compelling and cost-effective alternative in the segment.

On the face of it, you’d say it has all the makings of a winner as it mirrors its competitors. It features a swoopy body, a new modular platform and the all-important small turbocharged engine which Suzuki has called the 1.0 BOOSTERJET – sounds like something you strap to the side of a rocket and eject when depleted…

Punch from the unit sounds decent, as it packs 110 hp and 170 Nm / 125 lb-ft. There’s still a more traditional four-cylinder 1.2-liter non-turbo and that will constitute the base of the range with 89 hp.

The question is whether or not people will like it’s styling as that seems to be a big selling point in Europe – is the Baleno pretty enough to cut it here?

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