Since its launch in June, the new Suzuki Baleno has shown a sharp improvement in monthly sales compared to the previous model.
In July, the hatchback was Suzuki’s fourth best-seller out of 11 models of the Japanese automaker in the local lineup.
Baleno is available in two trim levels, GL and GLX.
The GL trim has gained many specifications not found in its predecessor, while the GLX now has some class-leading technology.
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Joined Suzuki Baleno in GL manual Citizen long-term test fleet last month. We were very impressed with the hatchback and will be bringing you regular updates until the end of the year.
But for now, we’ve moved on to the alphabet to give you a complete guide to everything you need to know about the new Suzuki Baleno.
ABC Suzuki Baleno
A – Airbags: Every new Suzuki Baleno GL model comes with dual front airbags as standard, while GLX models also get side airbags and curtain airbags.
B – Brakes: Suzuki Baleno is equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
S – Carbon emissions: Suzuki Baleno CO2 emissions are 127 g/km. The carbon tax for this room is 4,858 rand, which is included in the price.
D – Chrome Door Handles: This feature is available on the GLX, while the GL door handles are body-colored.
E – Entertainment: The GL has a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with four speakers, while the GLX has a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers. Both have Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity.
F – Front fog lights: These are standard across the range.
G – Transmission: Both variants are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
H – Projection Display: Standard on the GLX, a first in the segment. Speed, engine rpm, fuel economy and other information such as air conditioning and warnings can be toggled on the display.
i – Color LCD Information Display: This 4.2-inch screen between two digital dials is standard on GLX models. It has various information screens such as fuel consumption, power/torque output and motion sensor.
J – Juice: Suzuki claims the Baleno will consume 5.4 liters for every 100 km. This will provide a range of 685 km on a 37 liter fuel tank.
K – Keyless start system: standard on Suzuki Baleno GLX.
L – Luggage Compartment Lighting: Located in the 324 liter trunk, this feature is standard on GLX models. Trunk space is increased to 1,057 with the rear seats folded.
M – Folding mirrors: standard on all models, the side mirrors can be adjusted electronically and folded at the touch of a button.
N – Newton-meters: 138 is the number of Newton-meters of torque produced by the Baleno’s 1.5-litre petrol engine along with 77kW of power.
O – Overall Length: The Baleno measures 3,990mm in length, 1,745mm in width and 1,500mm in width, with a wheelbase of 2,520mm. It has a ground clearance of 150 mm.
P – Pricing: The four-model range starts at R225,900 for the manual GL, with the automatic GL selling for R245,900, the manual GLX for R275,900 and the automatic GLX for R295,900.
Q – Capacity: The Suzuki Baleno can carry five passengers with headrests on all five seats.
R – Rubber: GL models feature 185/65 R15 rubber wrapped around 15-inch steel wheels with full caps, while the GLX comes with 195/55 R16 tires on 16-inch polished alloy wheels.
S – Safety: Electronic stability program, cruise control, hill hold control, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera are standard on the GL. In addition, GLX models get automatic LED daytime running lights and a Follow Me Home headlight system.
T – 360-degree camera: Front and rear cameras create a virtual 360-degree view while parking or driving at low speeds.
U – USB Ports: All models are equipped with a Type-A port on the front and Type-A and Type-C ports on the back.
V – Rear ventilation: a new feature across the range.
V – Weight: The unladen weight of the two GL models is 955kg and 980kg respectively, while the two GLX models are 965kg and 985kg.
X – The difference between the GL and the top spec GLX. In addition to additional features, GLX derivatives also have specific exterior and interior trim.
I – Yackers: If you have a few of these in the back, the infotainment mute button on the steering wheel comes in handy.
Z – Zilch: What you’ll pay extra for a five-year/200,000km warranty on the new Suzuki Baleno. The price also includes a four-year/60,000km service plan.
For more information on the Suzuki Baleno, visit the manufacturer’s website.