It has recently come to light that Maruti Suzuki is working on the Baleno SHVS version. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno SHVS is said to be meant only for the export markets to begin with, while it can be certainly expected to launch in India as well. As per the reports, the huge backlog of the Baleno bookings and the car’s increasing demand is coming in the way of the Baleno SHVS’s Indian launch, as its introduction will further add to its high demands. Now, the buzz around the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno SHVS has heightened as the variant has been snapped at the production line. The leaked images of the Baleno SHVS at the production facility clearly show the SHVS logo, which indicates that the variant has really hit the production line and will soon be launched in the offshore markets.
The Baleno SHVS or the mild hybrid version is said to have been snapped at the Manesar facility of Maruti Suzuki. With the news of the Baleno SHVS variant being confirmed, now it is only a matter of time that this mild hybrid version of the premium hatchback hits the market. However, at the moment it is unclear when Maruti Suzuki will actually consider introducing it in the domestic car market of India. No official words regarding the Maruti Suzuki Baleno SHVS have come from the company. Nevertheless, the mild hybrid avatar of the car is likely to hit the Indian market sometime next year.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno SHVS will not be any different from its regular counterparts in terms of styling, features as well as performance. It will be simply empowered by a mild hybrid system that will enhance its fuel efficiency while also reducing emissions. SHVS stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki utilizes an ISG, automatic engine start stop system and regenerative braking system to make the car more fuel efficient. For the global markets, the Baleno SHVS will come equipped by the 1.2 liter Dual-Jet petrol mill with mild hybrid technology, while for India it is likely to be offered in diesel version like the Ciaz and Ertiga.
Maruti Suzuki is said to be not considering the Indian launch of the Baleno SHVS in India right now, owing to the Baleno’s long waiting periods. The heavy demands for the Baleno is making Maruti struggle with the car’s timely delivery, and if the SHVS version launches anything soon, then it will only add to a longer waiting period woes. The high demands for the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza have also delayed the Ignis mini SUV’s launch in India. Maruti is already burdened with production constraints, and thus is not considering the immediate launch of any new model in this country at the moment.
Maruti Suzuki’s current SHVS car models are very popular among the buyers, and they also enjoy government subsidy under the FAME initiative. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno SHVS will also enjoy the same benefits post its Indian launch, and will certainly add to the popularity of the premium hatchback model.