NEW BALENO HAS ROOM TO STRETCH OUT SUZUKI PREDICTS A STRONG FUTURE FOR CONVENTIONALLY POWERED CARS.
Suzuki NZ has launched the new Baleno small hatchback, fitting in between the Swift and the larger S-Cross models.
Although measuring just under 4m, the new hatch provides more front and rear legroom than many larger rivals.
Three versions have been introduced, with the well-equipped GLX manual costing $21,990 plus on-road costs. This model is also available with an automatic transmission for $23,990 plus ORC.
A Baleno Ltd, with standard automatic transmission, larger diameter aluminium alloy wheels and front driving lights, is $24,990 plus ORC.
Suzuki NZ said the new car was based on a light but rigid new floorpan that will underpin future Suzuki models.
Standard equipment includes a rear camera, satellite navigation, Bluetooth compatibility, automatic lights and privacy glass for the rear side and hatchback windows.
“Not long ago such features were exclusive to costly top-spec models,” said Gary Collins, General Manager Automobile Marketing for Suzuki NZ. “Now we are able to offer them across the Baleno model range.”
A combination of the low overall weight of the car and a 1300cc four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshaft that produces 68kW of power and low emissions, allows the Baleno to average 5.1 litres/100km in the official combined fuel test cycle for the manual GLX.
Suzuki is predicting a strong future for conventionally powered cars, despite an increased presence of hybrids and electric vehicles.
Tom Peck, Chief Executive Officer for Suzuki NZ, highlighted the international strength of Suzuki in light car sales.
“In worldwide compact car production,” he said, “Suzuki is the leader, ahead of Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford.”