Just two days after its global launch in India, it has been confirmed that the new Suzuki Baleno is on its way to South Africa.
“The importance of the South African market to Suzuki is evidenced by the fact that we can confirm the product range and specifications of the all-new Baleno just two days after its global unveiling,” said Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager of Suzuki Auto South. Africa.
The new model offers numerous upgrades from the outgoing Suzuki Baleno, which shares a platform with the Toyota Starlet. These include a bigger and stronger engine, styling improvements and higher specification levels.
Under the hood, the 1.4-litre engine gives way to the K15B 1.5-litre mill that also serves on the Vitara Brezza, Jimny and Ertiga. The four-pot power unit sends 77 kW/138 Nm, an increase of 9 kW/8 Nm from the outgoing Suzuki Baleno, to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
It also benefits from an improved suspension, steering and drivetrain.
The new Suzuki Baleno features a design language that the Japanese automaker calls Crafted Futurism. Changes to the exterior styling include a wider front air intake, a new three-dimensional grille and flowing body lines. Inside, there are changes to the multi-layer dashboard, molded seals and the use of higher quality materials.
Several specification upgrades have been made to both trim levels, the entry-level GL and flagship GLX. With the addition of an autobox on the GL, the new range will consist of four models, GL manual and automatic and GLX manual and automatic.
The two trim levels will include the following specifications:
- Cruise control and climate control with rear vents
- Infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen with two USB Type A and one Type C charging ports
- Hill Hold Control
- Carrying over from the outgoing Suzuki Baleno in GL specs are the Electronic Stability Program, dual front airbags with ABS, EBD, BAS, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, telephone and cruise controls and power windows and mirrors
- 9-inch high-definition infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new interface with a high degree of personalization
- 360-degree camera system
- Full color head-up display with speed, temperature and other vehicle warning symbols
- Carrying over from the outgoing Suzuki Baleno in GLX specs are: six airbags, LED daytime running lights, LED projector headlights, keyless entry and a push button start, as well as two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels
Suzuki has added five new exterior colors to the range. These are Celestial Blue Pearl Metallic, Luxe Beige Pearl Metallic, Opulent Red Pearl Metallic, Splendid Silver Pearl Metallic and Grandeur Gray Metallic.
More details on the local range, pricing, service plan and warranty information will be made available at launch.
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