Suzuki's iK-2 concept will reach production in the form of the Baleno hatchback, which will go on sale next summer

Suzuki's iK-2 concept from the Geneva motor show will reach production next year in the form of the new Baleno B-segment hatchback, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The Baleno will go on sale in the UK next summer and is described as combining "styling design, a spacious interior and new technologies".

The Baleno will be the first model to be powered by Suzuki's new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol Boosterjet engine. A 
mild hybrid version will also 
be available, but likely not at the car's launch. Suzuki says the car's layout, and the materials used in its construction, have been geared towards reducing weight, "in order to meet the rigorous size and weight requirements specific to compact cars".

Judging by the single preview picture released so far, the Baleno looks almost identical to the iK-2 concept car. 

The Baleno has already been spotted testing in the UK. Autocar reader Kate Hudson-Hall spotted a camouflaged prototype in the Lake District recently. The prototype's dimensions appeared to make it longer, wider and lower than the current Suzuki Swift, leading to speculation that it could be the Baleno.

The larger exterior dimensions should give the new Suzuki more boot space than the Swift, which offers 211 litres with its rear seats in place.

The Baleno sits on a new-generation Suzuki platform, which is expected underpin more new models from the Japanese manufacturer. In particular, Suzuki is expected to use it as the basis for a crossover to rival the Nissan Juke.

Those plans form part of Suzuki’s strategy to launch six new models by 2017. Among the new models planned is a production version of the iM-4 A-segment 4x4 concept and a replacement for the current Swift, which will be six years old in 2016.

Given its larger dimensions, the Baleno is likely to be priced above the £8999 starting price of 
the current Swift.

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6 February 2015
Come on Autocar, get your facts right.

The IK-2 is not a replacement for Alto Splash, the Celerio is their replacement.

The IK-2 is larger (4m +, Golf territory) than the current Swift, so will be much larger than Splash & Alto, also expected to be 90kg lighter than Swift. It'll not be a replacement for next Swift. It'll use new Twin inlet 1.2 & 1.4 also diesel.

The IM-4 is based on the prototype IV4 and be sub 4m.

Can be viewed on globalsuzuki.co also colour rendering on alvolante.it

whiteliner

6 February 2015
BRAKES that actually work????????????/ Put me off Suzuki which is a shame - often had one in the stable for rally practice

what's life without imagination

2 March 2015
IK-2 looks interesting and the iM-4 looks pretty

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

3 March 2015
Looks like they ran out of steam.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

7 August 2015
That's a good looking budget small SUV style car. I'm sure it will sell as well as the swift.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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