Suzuki has given its Baleno hatchback a makeover and the facelifted model is due to arrive in South Africa in September 2019.
The Baleno slots in above the Swift hatchback (2018/19 #CarsAwards Budget Car champion) in Suzuki’s local vehicle range and while it may not be as popular as the Swift, it has still managed to sell fairly well on local soil.
Now, customers can expect to see a revised Baleno arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2019. In terms of engine firepower, the Baleno will retain its naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre petrol engine with 68 kW and 130 Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Suzuki has refined the Baleno’s face with a new upper grille section, a more striking front bumper and a revised lower air intake. The fog lamps have also been repositioned to suit the new look.
South African specification has yet to be confirmed but models currently on sale in India are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels as well as LED projector headlights.
On the inside, Suzuki has upgraded the infotainment system to include a new 7-inch SmartPlay Studio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Additional safety features such as parking sensors and a speed alert system have been added to the standard specification list.
We will keep you updated as soon as local pricing and specification details become available.