The Nexa outlets for premium
Suzuki vehicles will now be accommodating the Suzuki Baleno, a new compact
hatchback that was unveiled at the 66th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show on September
15, 2015. The Baleno is expected to be launched in India by the end of October
2015 as per the company plans. By early 2016 during the Auto Expo 2016 in
Greater Noida, the much awaited compact SUV will also be launched in the
country and sold through these Nexa outlets.
The Baleno will be competing
against the popular i20 hatch from the Hyundai Motor India stable.
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There are now approximately 40
odd Nexa outlets in operation in the country and very soon that number will
climb to 60 and by the end of the year to approximately 100 across the country.
According to highly placed sources, despite this limited number of outlets, the
company is hoping to sell around 4400 units of the Suzuki S-Cross crossovers in
The Suzuki S-Cross crossover
was launched in the country early August 2015 and sold around 2000 units in the
limited period of launch in August.
The S-Cross was launched in
two engine variants, a 1.3 litre as well as a 1.6 litre. Both engines are
diesel and the company offered no petrol engine option for this product.
Sources further noted that as
of now, more than 90pc of the S-Cross sold in the country is with the 1.3 litre
diesel engine. There are hardly any takers for the 1.6 litre model. The source
attributed this to the high cost of the model.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki is
grappling with several issues relating to sales and marketing at these new Nexa
outlets. Sources confirmed that the mix of sales personnel who have been newly
appointed at these new Nexa outlets come with different sales experiences.
While some of them have come with a hospitality industry experience, others
have had experience working in outlets like BMW, Hyundai, Honda Cars India etc.
“The most aggressive ones are those from Hyundai outlets. They share our
aggressive nature when it comes to selling products,” maintained the source.
With 100 Nexa outlets coming
up soon, the company is targeting at selling at least 100 units of the S-Cross
and Baleno put together in the coming months at each of these Nexa outlets.
This way, each of these Nexa outlet will also achieve a break even target for
their respective outlets.
Even as the Nexa outlets are
in for some exciting times, Maruti Suzuki’s existing bread and butter models
too are going in for a revamp. The multi utility vehicle Ertiga will undergo a
face lift and the company will be launching a new Ertiga along with newer
variants that would include an automatic as well as a hybrid. The hybrid will
be on the lines of the Ciaz hybrid launched early this month. The new Ertiga is
to be launched any moment.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) had recently launched a hybrid
version of, their premium sedan, the Ciaz in India called the Ciaz Smart Hybrid for a
starting ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs 8.32 lakh.
The Ciaz Smart Hybrid is a Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS). The
system uses an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and an advance high capacity
battery supplementing the power from the engine. In tandem with the hybrid
system , the 1.3 litre 200 DDiS diesel engine, that produces 88bhp and 200Nm
torque now has a whopping claimed fuel economy of 28.09kmpl mated to a
manual 5 speed gearbox.
Idle Engine Stop/Start, Power Assist, Gear shift indicator and
regenerative braking systems are some of the systems Maruti Suzuki has utilised
to make the car as efficient as they can. The Regenerative Braking system is
the main principle the hybrid system work with. The energy that is usually lost
while decelerating/braking is stored in the Hybrid battery system. The energy is
then used to accelerate the vehicle.
Also, by the end of the
calendar year, the company will be pushing its Automated Manual Transmission
(AMT) in more of its small cars like the Wagon R and a few others. This too was
confirmed by a source.
Coming to the Suzuki Baleno car,
this vehcle comes with a “Liquid Flow” design theme, compact body, spacious
interior, and efficient powertrains—all on a new-generation platform. The
new-generation platform, with increased rigidity and reduced weight, enhances
fuel efficiency, handling and stability, while still achieving high levels of
safety and NVH performance.
Talking of powertrains, the
Baleno is powered by a new 1.0 Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine with
high torque output and SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). It also has a 1.2
Dualjet engine. Sporty profile that is low and wide, avant-garde front section,
wraparound windows, expressive character lines and gently contoured, continuous
surfaces convey elegance and power.
Innovative features on the
inside include advanced multi-information colour display, active cruise control
with speed limiter, and a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio compatible with
Seating for five people
features generous shoulder room in front, and generous legroom in the rear.
Exterior features include high
intensity discharge projector headlamps, with a black and chrome design that
emanates virility and sharpness, and LED position lamps, which also work as
daytime running lights, with inner lenses that produce an even line of light,
convey a high-tech impression.
“Guide me light” headlamps
help users find their way in the dark after leaving the vehicle or when
unlocking the doors by remote control. LED rear combination lamps give an
advanced impression due to an inner lens that projects an even beam.
Wraparound windows with
blacked-out A-pillars and black sashes add to a sporty look. A thin
roof-spoiler integrated into the flowing body lines help improve aerodynamic
performance.16-inch alloy wheels or 15-inch steel wheels have a mechanical
design that contrasts with the flowing design of the body.
Key dimensions of the car: Length: 3,995mm; Width: 1,745mm; Height:
1,470mm (1,460mm with SHVS); Wheelbase: 2,520mm; Minimum ground clearance:
120mm (110mm with SHVS); Tread front/rear: 1,520mm with 185/55R16 tyres
(1,530mm with 175/65R15 tyres)
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