Suzuki Baleno goes upmarket for 2022 with striking new design and intelligent new features.
2022 Suzuki Baleno is in SA for homologation before its June 2022 launch. Pritesh RuthunEarlier this week, the world wide web and social media lit up with new 2022 Suzuki Baleno content. We managed to get a glimpse of the version coming to South Africa at Suzuki’s local headquarters in Johannesburg to find out exactly which models we’re getting.
Only one new Baleno (a high spec auto) is currently in SA for homologation. The factory that builds this model in India will fire up the South African production run from April 2022, and we’ll start to receive the first units from June 2022. They won’t tell us how much the derivatives will cost just yet, and we can understand that, as the world is turbulent right now due to the Russia and Ukraine crisis. Instead of speculating around prices, Suzuki SA spokespeople said they would release official pricing in June ahead of the vehicle’s media launch.
Entry-level auto and new engine
Two grades of the 2022 Suzuki Baleno are coming to South Africa: GL and GLX – and both versions are packed to the rafters with features, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
The GL will be available for the first time with a self-shifting automatic torque converter transmission. It’s the tried-and-test four-speed unit that you get in the current model. However, the engine in the GL and the GLX is new, with more power and torque on offer.
The new Baleno is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine (K15B for the anoraks) that produces 77kW of power and 138Nm of torque. Compared to the outgoing model, that’s a 9kW and 8Nm increase. It might not seem like you’re getting much oomph on paper, but Suzuki is confident that the lightweight nature of the vehicle, which weighs less than a ton, will ensure swift performance.