CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Suzuki Auto SA says it has crammed even more safety features together with its mechanical warranty into its ”already jam-packed” Baleno range.
Main news is the addition of an electronic stability system in all Baleno models which combines stability and traction control to help to maintain vehicle traction through controlling engine output and braking individual wheels to maintain course.
Stability control, Suzuki reminds, is especially valuable on a wet or otherwise slippery road or if the driver has chosen speed over ability. It’s now available on GL and GLX models – manual and auto.
”The Baleno range was previously upgraded in late 2019,” Suzuki reminds, ”so with the addition of ESP can now claim to be one of the safest vehicles in its class.”
This the latest upgrade means all units have anti-lock brakes and emergency pressure assistance and electronic control of pressure to each wheel.
‘EVEN BETTER HANDLING’
Side-impact bars exist in each of the four doors, IsoFix anchors for child-restraining seats, a third brake light high on the rear and anti-theft alarm.
The Baleno was also the first Suzuki to have Suzuki’s light but rigid platform as used by most of its fellow Suzis – Swift, Ignis, Ertiga and the snazzy and compact S-Presso. Th,e platform is claimed to be 30% lighter than other cars of similar size.
”This,” the automaker says, ”translates to even better handling and fuel economy results in improved handling and fuel efficiency. The cars’ shell uses high-strength steel and energy dispersion channels to create a platform and body that is both safe and solid.”
The Baleno GL has two front crash-mitigation nitrogen bags; the GL adds side and side curtain bags and buyers can look forward to a long period of maintenance assistance: an ”industry-leading” five-year or 200 000km* mechanical warranty and a four-year or 60 000km* service plan.
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Despite the additional gear, Suzuki Auto SA is offering the above improvements with no price penalty. ”That,” the automaker says, ”means all this additional value comes with no extra cost but gives hatchback buyers the space, performance, convenience and safety of a larger B-segment vehicle at the cost of an A- and Sub-B segment model.”
*Whichever comes first.