Suzuki has revealed the South African pricing and features for its new Baleno.
The Baleno now has a starting price of R225,900 in our market – R2,000 cheaper than the model it is replacing.
The new hatchback is landing in showrooms within the coming weeks with a more powerful engine, an updated design, and a revised list of standard features.
The new Suzuki Baleno will arrive in South Africa in GL and GLX specifications, each powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The new motor generates 77kW and 138Nm – an improvement of 9kW and 8Nm over the model it is replacing – with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox channeling drive to the front wheels.
Thanks to a reduction in weight to achieve a dry mass of 955kg, the Baleno is said to offer a “best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 81kW per tonne,” said Suzuki.
This carries over to improved fuel usage, too, with the combined consumption sitting at 5.4l/100km for the manual and 5.7l/100km for the automatic.
Inside the cabin, the updated Baleno GL gets new standard features including a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three USB ports, climate control, cruise control, a leather multifunction steering wheel, a reverse camera with rear parking sensors, dual airbags, ABS, and front LED fog lamps.
Upgrading to the GLX brings a heads-up display, a 360-degree camera system, a 9-inch centre screen with smart vehicle alerts, automatic LED headlights with daytime running lights, keyless entry and start, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The top-end model also gets four additional airbags, making for a grand total of six.
The South African pricing and model line-up for the new Suzuki Baleno are as follows:
- Suzuki Baleno 1.5 GL MT – R225,900
- Suzuki Baleno 1.5 GL AT – R245,900
- Suzuki Baleno 1.5 GLX MT – R275,900
- Suzuki Baleno 1.5 GLX AT – R295,900
Each purchase includes a 5-year/200,000km warranty, a 4-year/60,000km service plan, and 5-year/200,000km roadside assistance.
“More details on the Suzuki Baleno range and its technical specifications will be published on 7 June 2022,” said Suzuki South Africa.