Everything we know about the new Suzuki Baleno
The Suzuki Baleno has been given a fresh face and a bunch of new features. This has bolstered the vehicle's value proposition even more here in South Africa. We attended a special unveiling of this newcomer and here is what you need to know.
When launched back in 2015 the Baleno welcomed a new design language into the Suzuki stable. This new model has built upon that design philosophy (Crafted Futurism) that we have come to appreciate. The new Baleno looks more modern in its visual appeal thanks to a mix of organic and dynamic lines, large and striking lights and a purposeful stance. Other visual elements that caught our eye are the wider front air intake, the new three-dimensional grille design and the flow of the body lines and brightwork in one continuous swoop, are not only new, but a sign of designs to come.
What we feel is the biggest improvement can be found on the interior. The new Baleno offers a real upmarket look and feel thanks to an new and improved 9” infotainment system which benefits from features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new interface with a high degree of customisation. There is even a Head’s Up Display. This luxury, previously unheard of in this segment, features a full colour display of a host of vehicle features, including speed, temperature and other vehicle warning symbols. This, too, is standard on the new GLX model.
Like before, the GLX features luxuries and safety equipment like 6 airbags, LED daytime running lights, LED projector headlights, keyless entry and a push-button start and dual-colour 16” alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet is the K15B engine, which replaces the K14B engine and increases the engine volume from 1.4 litres to 1.5 litres. The new engine delivers 77 kW (9 kW more than before) and 138 Nm of torque (an improvement of 8 Nm). The vehicle weighs in at less than a tonne (955 kg) for a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 81 kW per tonne. Suzuki has not only tweaked the engine. The suspension, steering and drivetrain have been improved to offer a more engaging ride, and the patented TECT safety shell and platform are now even more rigid, thanks to more high-tensile steel.
Suzuki’s global head office in Japan has confirmed the start of vehicle production for the South African Suzuki Baleno in April, with first customer deliveries scheduled for around June 2022. We will bring you more details soon.