The Suzuki Baleno offers a more rational choice for buyers looking for extra interior space and larger boot capacity but may not be looking to move up in size to a Vitara or S-Cross. Baleno offers the best tandem distance in its class which is the measurement taken between the front and rear seats. Standard equipment for all Baleno models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ-T model (Available with 1.0-liter Boosterjet) includes six airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, air conditioning, satellite navigation, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, rear privacy glass, cruise control with speed limiter and front electric windows. SZ5 (Boosterjet and SHVS model) adds automatic climate control, rear electric windows, 4.2 inch central color trip display, LED rear lights, Adaptive Cruise Control and Radar Brake Support.
With trend-setting smart technologies, the Baleno is equipped with an audio system with Smartphone linkage display audio (SZ-T and SZ5 models). Other highlights include a large seven-inch touch panel display, a three-dimensional navigation map and seamless link to smartphone apps via MirrorLink or CarPlay.
After the debut of Boosterjet in the Vitara S in January, the engine technology continues for the Baleno model with an all new 1.0-liter three cylinder version. It offers the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-liter). This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The new engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,5000rpm. The optional six speed automatic transmission equipped model offers 160Nm of torque and is available slightly earlier at just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm.
Boosterjet technology is developed by Suzuki and is characterized by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger. The 1.0-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 11.4 seconds with manual transmission and 11.0 seconds for the optional automatic model.
Suzuki first introduced its Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the 1.2-liter Swift (K12C) and then more recently in the 1.0-liter Celerio (K10C). This technology is now utilized for the four cylinder 1.2-liter Baleno and includes the addition of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor, the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The system also uses a compact lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the higher voltage ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts.
The Baleno is the first with Suzuki’s new generation platform, featuring lightweight highly rigid body structure which comprises of 980MPa and 780MPa High Tensile steel sheeting. The body frame has smooth curving lines with fewer joints that enable reductions in required reinforcements. This structure is not only lighter but disperses collision force energy more efficiently and improves overall crash safety.
The Baleno’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on SZ5 models. When travelling low speed and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. On the other hand, the RBS system fitted as standard on the SZ5 model monitors the road ahead by means of milliwave radar. The radar technology enables it to work even at high speeds, in darkness, and in rain or other bad weather. The system prevents or mitigates a collision by means of three functions which are Warning, Brake Asssist and Automatic Braking.