All New Suzuki Baleno GL From R203,900


 The All new Suzuki Baleno has arrived in South Africa, going at 203,900. It looks like some of the other cars such as Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta have some new competition.

There are three derivatives of the Beleno hatch-back range. The range-topper rolling in at about R245,000

The Suzuki Baleno is some 85mm longer than the Swift and might even replace the 1.4 Swift models. This will leave the 1.2 litre to carry on selling.

The Beleno is built in India just like the Swift but on an entirely new platform. It runs on the familiar K14B 1,4-litre petrol engine.

The Beleno 1,4-litre four-pot makes 68 kW at 6 000 r/min and 130 N.m at 4 200 r/min. There is a choice between the Four-Speed Automatic and the Five-Speed Manual.

The models fitted with the manual gearbox are capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 10,9 seconds, before reaching a maximum speed of 180km/h. The Average Fuel consumption is 5.1 L/100km However the Automatic takes 11,6 seconds to get to 100km/h and hits a max speed of a mere 170km/h and the average fuel consumptions

GLX variants feature model-specific headlamps (with HID projector elements and LED daytime running lights), fog-lamps, plenty of chrome-effect exterior trim, a rear spoiler, 16-inch alloys (the GL makes do with 15-inch steel wheels), a 6,2-inch TFT colour screen, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, cruise control, rear parking sensors and keyless starting.

All models come standard with ABS with EBD, although the GL employs drums at the rear (the GLX has discs all round). Dual front airbags are standard, too, although GLX models add side and curtain airbags, taking the total to six. Other standard safety features include Isofix child seat anchors and an alarm/immobiliser system.