Landing in SA in June – Here are some of the standout upgrades on the new Suzuki Baleno

If there’s one automaker that is not standing still when it comes to launching new models, it’s the one with the chrome ‘S.’ Suzuki has already launched the next-generation Celerio, and now they’ve followed that up with the imminent arrival of the brand-new Baleno.

The covers were first taken off of the latest generation back in February. Then local enthusiasts got the opportunity to see it up close at Suzuki’s stand at the Nampo Harvest Day. The model’s local launch is set to take place in early June and then be available on showroom floors nationwide after that.

The Baleno will continue to go up against the Hyundai i20, Honda Fit, Toyota Starlet, and Volkswagen Polo in its segment, and the new version now provides fresh impetus for prospective new car buyers. Having been on sale in its current guise in SA since 2016, a refresh was long overdue.

Almost launch time

Suzuki didn’t meddle much with the chassis and existing HEARTEC platform, as the new Baleno uses the predecessor’s blueprint and features completely new (exterior) parts. Why change a recipe that works, right? The model will be built in India and then exported to South Africa.

As is generally the case with the launch of any vehicle, pricing has yet to be confirmed and will be done so closer to the launch date. If you want to do the math and estimate a starting price, the current generation Baleno starts from R227 900, so the new model will probably be a tad more expensive, considering the various trim levels on offer (GL and GLX).

Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager for Suzuki Auto South Africa, says: “We are proud to display the new Baleno to the thousands of visitors at NAMPO, especially so soon after its global launch. Its appearance at NAMPO is testament to the importance of the South African market the agricultural community and for Suzuki globally.”

Gumtree puts together a list of some of the standout features in the new Baleno:

Added tech

The Baleno is well equipped with features such as ABS with EBD, ESP, BAS and Hill Hold Control. There is also cruise and climate control along with various USB ports for front and rear occupants. You can also expect that it will come with an enticing service and warranty plan, which will be made available at launch.

Stronger engine

The new model will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with figures of 77kW and 138Nm – a 9kW and 8Nm increase from the predecessor. Customers will likely also be able to choose the trim levels they prefer, with the engine paired to either a automatic or manual transmissions.

Improved cabin

In addition to the introduction of a new design language for Suzuki, it also features some nifty modern technology, like a head-up display, 9-inch infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control and up to six airbags. As has become the norm in most modern vehicles, there will also be a multi-function steering wheel.

Fresh design

There’s no better way to distinguish a new model than by its design. Suzuki didn’t just freshen things up, they’ve made wholesale changes everywhere. Everything from the headlights, fog lights, taillights and wheels follow a completely new design, compared to the outgoing model. The front looks more aggressive and the rear lights could’ve been inspired by the current Ertiga MPV.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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