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Geneva show: New hybrid Suzuki Baleno; Mistubishi beefs up Triton, ASX

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 26 February 2016

SUZUKI’S all new Baleno lineup will include an innovative hybrid that will be shown for the first time at next month’s Geneva show.

The hybrid production version gets a 1.2-litre SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) powertrain featuring engine assist from an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) connected to a lithium ion battery which promotes fuel efficiency as well as a lively response.

The mainstream version gets a highly responsive 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo BOOSTERJET engine. Both ride on what Suzuki says is a new generation rigid, lightweight platform.

More specifications on the engines’ prowess will be released at the Geneva launch, the company said.

Drawing on the company’s compact car expertise, the Baleno has an elegant and powerful design, a spacious cabin and luggage space plus a host of new technologies.

The layout has been optimised and various technologies used to reduce weight in order to meet the rigorous size and weight requirements specific to compact cars.

MITSUBISHI

Mitsubishi has revealed beefed-up versions of its Triton pick-up and ASX compact SUV (below), with added exterior and interior styling flair, ahead of their official debut in Geneva.

triton

Dubbed the Geoseek concepts, the pair boasts two-tone styling and “tough-look” accessories that give them more of an outdoor, adventurous feel.

Both versions of the Geoseek concept use a solid-tone pearl-grey body finish, while the accessories and additional bodykit are accented in orange.

Highlighted accessories include foglight bezels, wheel arches, alloy wheel rims, side garnish, a tailgate spoiler, rear bumper and door mirrors.

The front fascia also gets a mesh inner grill and a skid plate placed underneath the bumper, while both models are fitted with a roof basket to enhance the vehicle’s outdoor appeal.

The Triton also comes with working lights and hand holds that are fitted to the roof rails, while the ASX employs LED foglights.

Images: Manufacturers.

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