Suzuki's new hatchback sits on an all-new platform and will go on sale in the UK next spring
15 September 2015

Suzuki is aiming to steal sales from regular superminis and small MPVs with its new Baleno, which has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.

The Baleno sits above the Swift in Suzuki’s line-up. It’s 3995mm long, 1745mm wide and 1470mm high - so longer and wider than its baby brother, but with a slightly lower roofline. It trumps the Swift on boot space with 355 litres, a figure that’s also well clear of the capacity offered by the Ford Fiesta or a VW Polo.

Read our review of the Suzuki Baleno here

The new car sits on an all-new platform that’s likely to underpin a new baby SUV and the successor to the Swift. It features MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam set-up at the rear.

The engine line-up for the Baleno comprises Suzuki’s 1.2-litre Dualjet motor with 89bhp and 89lb ft, and the firm’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, dubbed Boosterjet. It produces 110bhp and 125lb ft of torque between 2000 and 3500rpm.

The Baleno line-up also gets a mild hybrid edition - called SHVS, it mixes an integrated starter generator with the 1.2-litre engine, and helps the Baleno to move away from a standstill. Suzuki claims the system also gives a smoother restart in stop-start situations, because the engine uses starter generator’s belt-drive start instead of a conventional starter motor.

The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, although the Dualjet is also offered with a CVT gearbox and the Boosterjet is available with a conventional six-speed automatic. The Dualjet SHVS hybrid is the cleanest model in the line-up at launch, with CO2 emissions of 93g/km. The regular manual Dualjet emits 101g/km, while the more powerful Boosterjet manual emits 103g/km.

The Baleno’s front cabin features a neat, uncluttered dashboard design. It will be offered with an optional 7in touch-screen display in the centre of the fascia, although even more basic editions will get an LCD display at the centre of the instrument panel. Suzuki has revealed that the infotainment set-up can include Apple’s CarPlay connectivity for iPhone users.

European sales of the Baleno are due to start in spring 2016. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect a starting price of around £12,000, giving the car a slight cost advantage over the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

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15 September 2015
Like this although for the sake of mpg and quite crusing why not give it a 6 gear manual. The extra cost would be minimal. And please people no moaning about it only have 3 cylinders so it'll breakdown all the time blah blah blah Ford proved it's the way forward many years ago and everyone is now following them

 

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15 September 2015
All I can think of when looking at this is the mid noughties and the Chevrolet Lacettis, Dodge Calibers and then-Hyundai Accents of the era. Surely a rival for the Sandero? £12,000 seems steep for something as dull and boxy-looking as this.


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15 September 2015
I think the i20 would be a better bet with, surprisingly, slightly better engine options and 5/6 speed manual gearboxes.It also looks better.

15 September 2015
...but this looks hideously under-wheeled! Proportions looking at the side profile are very odd.

15 September 2015
nettingham wrote:

...but this looks hideously under-wheeled! Proportions looking at the side profile are very odd.

To me it looks about right. Anything that isn't sporty should look like it's riding on top of it's wheels. It's just a much more elegant look, suggesting that the car is just going to waft along gracefully never doing anything as vulgar as accelerating or braking.

It's like massive gleaming alloys on a land rover, it just clashes with the design statements in the rest of the vehicle.

15 September 2015
In amongst all the horrors of the show it is nice to see a simple, practical car. The mild hybrid system looks interesting, lightweight and cheap. I quite fancy a go in one.

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