Suzuki has whipped the covers off the new Baleno, with the latest model featuring the Japanese car manufacturer’s ‘Crafted Futurism’ exterior design language, upgraded specification and a new engine.

Baleno

Said Brendon Carpenter, brand marketing manager at Suzuki Auto South Africa, “We are very excited about the new Suzuki Baleno. Not only will it prove a treat for Baleno buyers, but it also signals all the exciting models and upgrades we can expect from Suzuki in the coming decade.”

From an exterior point of view, Suzuki says the new Baleno’s design is a refinement of the company’s ‘Liquid Flow’ philosophy. The bodywork features a mix of organic and dynamic lines. The latest model sports a new three-dimensional grille, flanked by larger headlamps, and a wider air intake. 

Baleno

The design philosophy is carried over to the interior, where the new multi-layered dashboard creates an impression of space. More comfortable, contoured seats have been added to the mix. 

In terms of specification, the entry-level GL model has been upgraded to the specification previously associated with the range-topping GLX. The GL-badged variants now feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, climate control (as opposed to standard air conditioning) and cruise control. An array of USB ports are also included. 

The GLX variants upgrade to a 9.0-inch high-definition infotainment screen, a head-up display and a 360-degree surround-view camera system. In addition, the GLX features LED projector headlamps, complete with LED daytime-running lights, keyless entry and start, and dual-colour 16-inch alloy wheels. 

For the new Baleno, Suzuki has ditched its familiar 1.4-litre K14B engine in exchange for the company’s K15B unit. The 1.5-litre motor produces 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque, which is an increase of 9 kW and 8 Nm over the K14B engine. According to Suzuki, the new Baleno tips the scales at 955 kg. 

Suzuki has confirmed production for the South African Suzuki Baleno will commence in April. First customer deliveries are scheduled for “around” June 2022.