Suzuki Baleno (2016–2019)
Suzuki Baleno launched
New-generation platform, with increased rigidity and reduced weight, enhances fuel efficiency, handling and stability, while still achieving high levels of safety and NVH performance.
New 1.0 Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine with high torque output and SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) with 1.2 DUALJET engine both provide excellent fuel economy in combination with Suzuki’s most-aerodynamic hatchback design ever.
Innovative features on the inside include advanced multi-information colour display, active cruise control with speed limiter, and a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio compatible with Apple CarPlay.
Seating for five people features generous shoulder room in front, and generous legroom in the rear. Spacious and flexible boot offers lots of luggage space. Radar Brake Support (RBS) and other comprehensive safety features add to safety and peace of mind.
Features include high intensity discharge projector headlamps, with a black and chrome design that emanates virility and sharpness, and LED position lamps, which also work as daytime running lights, with inner lenses that produce an even line of light, convey a high-tech impression.
“Guide me light” headlamps help users find their way in the dark after leaving the vehicle or when unlocking the doors by remote control. LED rear combination lamps give an advanced impression due to an inner lens that projects an even beam.
Nine body colours include “Premium Silver Metallic”, which emphasises the body’s curving lines, and “Ray Blue Pearl Metallic”, which changes from a green hue to a red tinge, depending on surrounding lighting conditions. Outer weather strips made of iridescent stainless steel and chrome door handles provide greater elegance.
16-inch alloy wheels or 15-inch steel wheels have a mechanical design that contrasts with the flowing design of the body.
A large, high-definition colour LCD display in the instrument cluster shows performance and other information through user-friendly graphics. Highlighted features include driving G-force, engine output and torque, accelerator/brake operation
A Smartphone Linkage Audio Display with a 7-inch touch panel screen has a USB port and SD card slot and displays the view behind the vehicle by way of a rear view camera. It can be connected to an iPhone via a USB cable for using Apple CarPlay’s various functions, such as Maps, Phone, Messages, and Music, as well as Podcasts, Audiobooks, and third-party Apple CarPlay compatible audio apps. It can also be connected to smartphones using MirrorLink.
The new Baleno features three new technologies for achieving better driving performance and better fuel efficiency: a new-generation platform, the new Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine and the SHVS mild hybrid system.
The 1.0 Boosterjet is a newly developed direct-injection turbo engine that achieves both good fuel economy and driving pleasure, which is made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger.
By controlling the wastegate valve, which closes to create higher boost pressure during heavy-load operation and remains opened during normal driving, the Boosterjet reduces pumping loss, thus achieving high levels of both power performance and also fuel-efficiency.
The Baleno features the 1.0 Boosterjet engine, which has a maximum output of 111PS and a maximum torque of 170Nm.
The Baleno is also available with a new 1.2 Dualjet, a dual-injection petrol engine with improved thermal efficiency that strikes an excellent balance between power performance and fuel efficiency.
The 1.0 Boosterjet can be paired with either an optimally geared five-speed manual incorporating a specially designed convergent gear locating system that helps reduce frictional losses and improve shift feel or a six-speed automatic transmission that enables high performance at low speeds and optimum fuel-efficiency at high speeds. The 1.2 Dualjet can be paired with either the same five-speed manual transmission as the 1.0 Boosterjet or with a continuously variable transmission.
An intuitive suspension has been developed for direct-response handling with MacPherson struts and coil springs up front and a torsion beam and coil springs in the rear. Reduced rolling resistance tyres improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing directional stability, ride comfort, and braking performance.
Fine-tuned over repeated test runs in Europe, the Baleno offers a driving experience achieved by Suzuki’s pursuit of the best balance between nimble performance and refined riding comfort.
The SHVS is a mild hybrid system by Suzuki that uses an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) to assist the engine during acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking, which it does more efficiently than systems using conventional alternators.
Using the electricity stored through regenerative braking, the electric motor function of the ISG improves fuel efficiency by partially assisting the engine, which it does by making up for the additional added portion of fuel usually required during the high-fuel-consuming actions of starting from a stop and accelerating. It also allows for a smooth and quiet restart after an automatic engine stop, thanks to the use of an ISG belt-drive start, rather than restart by a conventional starter motor.
Furthermore, the SHVS uses a compact, high-charging-performance lithium ion battery, making possible frequent engine assists. In the Baleno, the system aims to lessen the footprint on the environment with a CO2 emissions target of 93g/km.
The luggage space boasts 355 litres. To accommodate long or wide items, the shape of the suspension has been optimised to free up space on both sides at the back of the boot. Flexibility is another key asset of the luggage space. The space can be enlarged by folding down the rear seatbacks, sliding the front seats forward, and using the luggage board in either its upper or lower position.
Length: 3,995mm; Width: 1,745mm; Height: 1,470mm (1,460mm with SHVS); Wheelbase: 2,520mm; Minimum ground clearance: 120mm (110mm with SHVS); Tread front/rear: 1,520mm with 185/55R16 tyres (1,530mm with 175/65R15 tyres)
All UK cars on 16-inch alloy wheels with 185/55 R16 tyres.
1.0 BoosterJet 3-cylinder chain cam petrol turbo (998cc): 111PS at 5,500rpm; 170Nm torque at 2,000 – 3,500rpm. 5-speed manual. 0-62mph TBA seconds; top speed 125mph; combined mpg 62.8; CO2 emissions 103g/km.
1.0 BoosterJet 3-cylinder chain cam petrol turbo (998cc): 111PS at 5,500rpm; 170Nm torque at 2,000 – 3,500rpm. 6-speed paddle shift automatic. 0-62mph TBA seconds; top speed 119mph; combined mpg 57.6; CO2 emissions 109g/km.
1.2 DualJet SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle Suzuki) 4-cylinder petrol (1,242cc): 82PS at 6,000rpm; 120Nm torque at 4,500rpm. Plus 50Nm torque ISG motor. 0-62mph TBA seconds; top speed 113mph; combined mpg 70.6 NEDC; CO2 emissions 93g/km.
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