Suzuki has launched its Baleno small hatch in Australia, marking a come back for the nameplate that last graced Suzuki’s showrooms in 2001.
Priced from $16,990 Drive Away for the entry-level GL, the Baleno features more passenger space and legroom than the smaller Suzuki Swift. It boasts a cargo area with 355 litres of boot space, similar to a Toyota Corolla hatch and bigger than a Mazda3 hatch.
Whilst the vehicle length is just under 4m, the increase in cabin space especially when compared to Swift is considerable including 87mm of additional length from accelerator pedal to rear seat hip point (more passenger space), and 124mm from the rear hip point to the back of the vehicle, increasing boot space. Length of the front was reduced, to make the vehicle shorter overall thus easier to park.
It will be available with Suzuki’s 1.0-litre Boosterjet 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine on the range-topping Baleno GLX that is said to return 5.2L/100km, while delivering 82kW of power and 160Nm of torque. The Baleno GL will be powered by a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol producing 68kW and 130Nm of torque, with a rated combined fuel consumption of 5.4L/100km.
The entire lineup will be equipped with the same multimedia unit as the Vitara, including Satellite Navigation and Apple CarPlay.
Read ForceGT’s 2016 Suzuki Baleno Review here.
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