The all-new Suzuki Baleno is heading to South African dealers shortly after its global launch with everything that luxury hatchback customers could ask for, and more.
Suzuki Auto South Africa will introduce four models of the all-new Baleno, with a high level of safety and luxury in all models and the option of manual or automatic transmissions in both specification levels.
The Suzuki Baleno has always been one of the best-specified vehicles in its class, both in terms of luxury features and its service plan and mechanical warranty terms.
For the all-new model, Suzuki has added even more specifications to both the GL and GLX range, making it the uncontested luxury leader in its segment.
In the Suzuki Baleno GL manual and automatic versions, the following specifications are added as standard:
- 7” Touchscreen infotainment system
- Smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Reverse camera with rear park sensors
- 3 x USB ports (1 x front, 2 x rear including USB Type-C)
- Automatic climate control with rear air vents
- Cruise control
- Leather covered steering wheel with audio controls
- Remote central locking
- Electrically adjustable and foldable side mirrors
- Halogen projector headlamps
- LED front fog lamps
- 12V accessory socket
Safety and security in the GL specification level are also very well taken care of with ABS, EBD, dual front airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP), ISOFIX child seat anchors and an alarm and immobiliser as standard.
In the Suzuki Baleno GLX, the number of luxuries is boosted to a level previously unheard of in this segment. It includes:
- Digital head-up display
- Full 360-degree view camera featuring four external cameras
- 9” Touchscreen infotainment system
- Smart vehicle alerts and connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Automatic LED Projector headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- 2” full-colour vehicle information display in the instrument cluster
- Keyless entry with a Start/Stop button
- Interior footwell and puddle light illumination
- Automatically dimming rear-view mirror
- Polished 16” alloy wheels.
Suzuki will also boost the safety features with the addition of curtain and side airbags for a total of six airbags.
More power – 1.5 litre VVT engine
Apart from the additional luxuries, Suzuki has also replaced the 1.4 litre petrol engine of the previous-generation Baleno with its popular and powerful K15B petrol engine.
This engine, which is also used in the Suzuki-built Toyota Starlet, Urban Cruiser and Rumion, delivers a sprightly 77 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4 400 rpm.
While these power figures are impressive by their own accord, it is worth noting that Suzuki engineers have shaved off a significant amount of weight thanks to the use of more high-tensile steel to bring the total vehicle weight to 955 kg. This gives the Baleno a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 81 kW per tonne.
Put differently, the Baleno weights on average 10% less than its competitors and has an average 30% higher power-to-weight ratio. This, of course, helps both performance and fuel consumption.
The Baleno has an average fuel consumption rating of 5.4l/100km for the manual transmission models and 5.7l/100km in the automatic transmission models.
In good hands
Every new Baleno will be sold with Suzuki’s popular 5-year / 200 000 km promotional mechanical warranty. This includes unlimited roadside assistance for the same period.
Pricing includes a 4-year / 60 000 km service plan and an anti-corrosion warranty of 6 years and unlimited kilometres.
The Baleno has a 15 000 km service interval.
- Baleno 1.5 GL MT – R225 900
- Baleno 1.5 GL AT – R245 900
- Baleno 1.5 GLX MT – R275 900
- Baleno 1.5 GLX AT – R295 900
* More details on the Suzuki Baleno range and its technical specifications will be published on 7 June 2022.
Source: Suzuki Auto South Africa