Suzuki has been on a roll lately, revitalizing their entire model range starting with the Vitara, Ertiga, Jimny and now the Baleno saloon. As an entry-level saloon, it fights it out with the Volkswagen Polo Saloon and the Renault Logan saloon locally.
In the new model, the signature Liquid Flowline is more accentuated. It has a wide and more three-dimensional chrome strip that frames a new grille and S-emblem. The grill itself is more aggressive and the chrome strip passes through the front headlights to end at the fender-line.
The headlights feature a new three-dimensional design. The GLX specification, the high-impact discharge (HID) lamps are replaced with LEDs.
Rounding off the new look is a deeply sculpted lower bumper with a hexagonal centre intake. Sharper creases mirror those on the bonnet and add to the profile. The GLX models have integrated fog lamps in the lower section.
The cabin has a two-tone colour treatment on the seat upholstery and door trim. The designers have replaced the centre sections on the front and rear seats with a deep blue high-grade cloth and mirrored that on the door panels.
This car is a specification leader in this market segment. The GL-model is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox. It has air conditioning, power steering, electric windows, Bluetooth radio and MP3 playback.
This car offers remote keyless access, front and rear 12V accessory sockets. Additionally, it has a height-adjustable driver seat and a luggage area light. The jewel in the GLX crown is perhaps the new infotainment system.
This system integrates the image from the reverse camera, voice commands and all infotainment features. All these features are integrated through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay into one beautiful 7” full-colour touch screen.
Under the bonnet is a K14B petrol engine. It’s fitted with a tumble flow intake manifold, aluminium head. It has a configuration and variable valve timing. Its engine delivers 68 kW at 6 000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4 200 rpm.
The GL and GLX models are available with a five-speed manual gearbox. They have stated fuel consumption of 5.1 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle. You can swop the manual for a four-speed automatic gearbox which is said to use 5.4 litres per 100 km.
Front side and side curtain airbags are added to make it a total of six airbags. It also comes with rear disc brakes and is fitted with ISOFIX mounting points for children’s seats. As an addition, the car has ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (BAS).
The Suzuki Baleno offers an unbelievable value for money proposition. Its prices start at Ksh. 2.5 million. it comes with a 3 year/100,000-kilometer service fixed. You can confidently rely on Suzuki By Toyota’s extensive network for aftersales and support.