The new Baleno’s focus on lightweight construction ensures that the engine’s enthusiasm is put to the best possible use, ensuring brisk performance. The streamlined hatchback features a head-turning design with short overhangs, sculpted flanks and a strong identity that is both individual and unmistakably Suzuki. Larger than the highly popular Swift, it also offers a spacious, intelligently packaged interior and comprehensive equipment levels.

The new Suzuki Baleno is powered by the tried and tested K14B 1,4-litre engine. The normally aspirated four-cylinder unit already enjoys a reputation for responsive performance and excellent fuel economy, and extends those attributes to its application here.

Suzuki used a so-called ‘Liquid Flow’ design theme for the new Baleno. The concept allows for flowing lines from front to rear, while sculpted accent lines along the sides serve to underline the streamlined shape. The Baleno’s streamlined shape isn’t just attractive – it’s also aerodynamically efficient with a drag coefficient of just 0,299, making it the most aerodynamic production model Suzuki has ever produced.

The first impression of the new Suzuki Baleno’s interior is of space: the cabin feels much roomier than its compact exterior proportions suggest. Immediately noticeable in the GLX model, however, is the presence of a 6,2-inch TFT colour screen in the centre of the dashboard, which serves as the interface for the Baleno’s infotainment system. Ample storage is provided via the glove compartment, as well a storage binnacles in the centre console and the bottom of the centre stack. The front doors get storage pockets too, while cup holders and bottle holders are provided front and rear. The instruments are neatly framed by the tilt-adjustable multifunction steering wheel, which features integrated controls for the audio system, and the Bluetooth-based hands-free telephony system.

All Baleno models come with ABS anti-lock brakes, augmented electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance (EBA). Dual front airbags are standard too, while GLX models also get side and curtain airbags. Other safety and security-related features include IsoFix child seat tethers integrated into the rear bench seat, childproof rear door locks, side impact protection beams and an alarm/immobiliser system. Remote central locking is also standard.


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