Suzuki has resurrected a nameplate that, in its day, managed to sell solidly. The Baleno has returned, bringing with it both a familiar yet updated look and splashes of modern technology. There’s a two model range with a GL manual and auto and the range topping GLX Turbo.
Here’s the skinny on the revamped Baleno.
Key Features including Apple Carplay, Satellite Navigation, Reversing Camera and DRLs standard across all grades.
GLX Turbo with powerful 1.0L Boosterjet turbocharged engine, with 16” Alloys, HID Headlamps, Digital Climate Control & more.
Outstanding fuel economy of only 5.1L/100km (GL Manual).
Suzuki Australia is pleased to announce that the all new Baleno is officially on sale in Australia. Suzuki’s new small hatch competitor redefines great value compact motoring in Australia, with the Baleno GL Automatic starting from just $17,990 Drive Away.
The all new Baleno small hatch features more passenger space and legroom than the smaller Swift, whilst having a large cargo area with 355 litres of boot space, similar to a Corolla hatch boot and bigger than Mazda3 hatch’s boot.The stylish Baleno, with flowing lines customary of small segment hatchbacks, will also be available with Suzuki’s Boosterjet turbo engine. The Baleno GLX turbo boasts a better power to weight ratio than the Corolla, whilst returning outstanding fuel economy of just 5.2L/100km.
Suzuki is continuing its position as a leader in Satellite Navigation, with every Baleno in the line up fitted with the same multimedia unit as Vitara, including Satellite Navigation and Apple CarPlay.Suzuki Australia General Manager Automobiles, Andrew Moore stated:
“The new Baleno provides Suzuki with a Small Hatch competitor that offers outstanding value and great styling. And with the addition of Turbo, loads of driving excitement too.”
Core to the Baleno’s development, was ensuring the vehicle was not only stylish but also spacious, with a focus on usable cabin and cargo space.. Whilst the vehicle length is just under 4m, the increase in cabin space especially when compared to Swift is considerable including 87mm of additional length from accelerator pedal to rear seat hip point (more passenger space), and 124mm from the rear hip point to the back of the vehicle, increasing boot space. Length of the front was reduced, to make the vehicle shorter overall thus easier to park.“Baleno is amazing value at just $17,990 drive away and with its passenger and boot space should be considered by anyone looking at small hatches like Corolla or i30. And with Sat Nav, Apple Carplay and a reversing camera standard, it’s the best value on tech too.”
“Suzuki Australia Pty Ltd’s average monthly sales have grown by 19% since 2014, with the successful launch of Vitara and with Baleno I have no doubt this growth will build even further”.It’s keenly priced too, with Suzuki placing the GL manual at $16990, auto $17990 and the GLX turbo at $22990. These are drive away prices as well, making the Baleno a sharp entrant into an already crowded market. The features, size, room, and Suzuki’s fuel economy should make the Baleno a serious consideration. Check out the range here:http://www.suzuki.com.au/vehicles/hatch/baleno
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