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Suzuki Baleno raises the specs for 2020 city hatchbacks

SUZUKI has updated its Baleno small-car range with a new look, new colours, upgraded trim and upholstery, and a raised specification level on both models – GL and GLX.

The Baleno was first shown at the Frankfurt auto show in 2015 and has since become a popular hatchback in more than 30 countries for what the automaker describes as ”its B-segment price and near-C-segment space”. The cars are a smidgeon under four metres long on a 2.52m wheelbase – slightly longer than a Suzuki Swift and on par with some C-segment competitors.

SUZUKI BALENO: Image: Supplied
SUZUKI BALENO: Image: Supplied

The cars also claim to have the most aerodynamic shell of any hatchback on the South African market and its headlights have a new three-dimensional design;  GLX spec include diode illumination. The lower front decor includes a ”deeply sculpted” lower bumper and a six-sided centre intake. GLX models have foul-weather lights.

GLX spec also adds polished alloy wheel rims and chromed door releases and a rear spoiler, and ”privacy” glass on the rear and rear side windows but both models share the range of six body colours. The cabin is treated to a two-tone colour job. Also new is brushed aluminium detailing across the facia, including the aircon vents. steering-wheel and instrument cluster.


The GL, only available with a five-speed manual transmission, has aircon, power-assisted steering and windows, radio with Bluetooth, MP3 playback, USB socket and CD player. The steering-wheel has audio controls and access uses remote keyless access.

Crash mitigation features include IsoFix child-seat anchors, front crash bags, and anti-lock brakes.

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GLX buyers pay extra for cruise control, auto aircon, keyless entry, push-button start, leather wrapping on the steering-wheel, and rear parking radar.

Power comes (in all models) from a four-cylinder petrol engine capable of 68kW and 130Nm and are available with a five-speed manual gearbox – with stated fuel consumption of 5.1 litres/100km. GLX buyers can select a four-speed autobox that can achieve 5.4 litres/100 km.

Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GL – R209 900
Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX – R244 900
Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX a/t -R259 900
Prices include a five-year or 200 000km promotional warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.

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