Suzuki SA unveils the upgraded Baleno hatchback but will be available only in mzansi in June

THE NEW Suzuki Baleno teaser was presented to few members of the press but you will have to wait until June for your order.

The new hatchback model stands out with revised exterior styling that includes a reworked front end home to a wider air intake plus a new three-dimensional grille design flanked by a fresh set of headlamps. 

The taillights have also been reshaped with a more angular design that runs into the tailgate. 

At the launch in June two models will be available: the entry-level GL and range-topping GLX, says Toni Herbst- the spokesperson for Suzuki SA.

Both Baleno models are powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 77kW and 138Nm. That’s a 9kW/8Nm improvement over that of the engine found in the outgoing model. This is transferred to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. The latter is now available on the GL.

According to Suzuki, the Baleno’s suspension, steering and drivetrain have also been improved to offer a more engaging driving experience, while the patented TECT safety shell and platform are more rigid, thanks to the use of extra high-tensile steel.

The GL comes equipped with an impressive list of niceties including cruise control, automatic climate control and rear-mounted air vents.

There’s also a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that syncs with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Three USB ports are fitted as standard. Further sweetening the deal is a leather multifunction steering wheel and electric windows. 

In terms of safety equipment, Suzuki has fitted the GL with dual front airbags, electronic stability programme, ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency brake assistance as well as a new hill hold control for smoother starts on steep inclines.

The flagship GLX model builds on the specification of its GL sibling with a larger nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes paired to a 360º view camera system. It also sports full colour heads up display (HUD), keyless entry and a push-button start.

Bolstering things on the safety front are a pair of full LED projector headlamps (with LED daytime running lights), four extra airbags and dual-colour 16 inch alloy wheels.

Suzuki Baleno will be available in five exterior colours: Celestial Blue Pearl Metallic, Luxe Beige Pearl Metallic, Opulent Red Pearl Metallic, Splendid Silver Pearl Metallic and Grandeur Grey Metallic.

Brendon Carpenter- Brand Marketing Manager Suzuki SA confirmed that the start of vehicle production for the SA Suzuki Baleno will be in April, with first customer deliveries scheduled for around June 2022.

More details on the pricing, service plan and warranty information will be made available at the time of launch.

Image SLM (The new Suzuki Baleno teaser was unveiled at the Suzuki SA head office in Sandton on Friday).

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