The first model Suzuki, which in the framework of the cooperation agreement will be produced under the brand of Toyota, will become the hatchback Maruti Suzuki Baleno. According to the newspaper LiveMint, the company have already approved the design changes, and planned start of production in April-June next year, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Autoblog.
In addition to the new logo, the hatchback will get different bumpers and grille, and head optics, corresponding to the original style of Toyota. Changes in the technical stuffing is not expected: the Indian Baleno is equipped with a 1.2-liter “aspirated” (84 horsepower and 115 Nm of torque), liter turbo engine (102 of power and 150 Nm of torque) and diesel engine capacity of 1.3 liters (75 forces and 190 Nm of torque). Box – five-speed “mechanics” or variator.
A Memorandum of cooperation between Toyota and Suzuki signed at the beginning of last year. The partnership includes not only exchange models, but also the joint development of power plants, and the use of production space.
In addition, the companies intend to cooperate in the sphere of security and “green” technologies. Under the Toyota brand in India will be releasing hatchet Baleno and Vitara compact crossover Brezza.
Sedan Toyota, by contrast, will enter the market under the brand name Maruti Suzuki. The machine will be different design and probably a trim.