The Suzuki Baleno hatchback has been updated and is now available in South Africa. See details below…
A new-look Suzuki Baleno is now on offer at your nearest Suzuki dealership with a new range of colours, upgraded trim and upholstery and improved standard specification for GL and GLX derivatives.
In terms of styling, the grille has been revised with a wider, 3D chrome strip while the grille itself look more aggressive. The chrome strip now runs through headlights, which now feature a new 3D design. On the GLX derivative, LED headlights replace the high-impact discharge (HID) headlights. A new colour, Magma Grey metallic, is also available.
The lower bumper has been revised with a hexagonal centre air intake and fog lamps are found on the GLX derivative. The Baleno GLX also rides on diamond-cut alloy wheels and features chrome door handles as well as a chrome beltline and chrome trim on the tailgate. A tailgate-mounted rear spoiler and privacy glass is fitted.
Inside, the Baleno features a new two-tone colour upholstery treatment and the door trim is new too. New centre sections are found on the seats in deep-blue cloth which is mirrored on the door panels. There’s also new brushed aluminium trim across the dashboard and on the air conditioning vents, steering wheel and instrument cluster.
Suzuki has taken the opportunity to refine the Baleno's interior. Note the new infotainment system.
The Baleno GL is equipped with features such as air conditioning, power steering, electric windows (front and rear), a radio with Bluetooth, MP3 playback, USB socket and CD player and steering-mounted audio controls. Keyless access, a 12V socket (front and rear), height-adjustable driver seat and a luggage light is also fitted.
The Baleno GLX gains extra features such as cruise control, fully automatic climate control, keyless entry with a push button start, leather trim on the steering wheel, rear park distance control with camera and a front armrest.
The GLX also benefits from a new infotainment system which integrates the reverse camera and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlaydisplayedd on a 7-inch, full colour touch screen.
Standard safety features on the Baleno GL includes 2 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist. The Baleno GLX has 6 airbags.
In terms of engine firepower, the Baleno retains its naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre petrol engine with 68 kW and 130 Nm of torque. Both the GL and GLX can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission while a 4-speed automatic transmission is also offered for the GLX derivative.
In manual guise, Suzuki claims 5.1 L/100km while the automatic Baleno is said to consume an average of 5.4 L/100km.
Suzuki Baleno - Price in South Africa
Baleno 1.4 GL M/T - R209 900
Baleno 1.4 GLX MT - R239 900
Baleno 1.4 GLX MT SLDA - R244 900
Baleno 1.4 GLX AT - R254 900
Baleno 1.4 GLX AT SLDA - R259 900
The Baleno is sold with a 5-year/200 000 km promotional warranty and a 4-year/60 000 km service plan.