Suzuki, a long-standing player in the Indian market, has recently announced the upcoming launch of the new Suzuki Baleno 2022 in the country, making it the second facelift after the first minor one in 2019.
First launched in 2015 on the brand’s new Heartect platform, the Suzuki Baleno is an all-round ownership experience with excellent cabin space and a wide range of features. The forthcoming second facelift, although not yet officially revealed, will also see the front end being significantly revised with new LED horizontal headlamps and front bumper styling, and a new look with improved muscle lines.
Officials at Suzuki India have revealed that the Baleno’s second facelift will feature the most advanced technology available, including a new head-up display that will provide information on gears, rpm, speed, time and other driving information.
The new model will be equipped with a new head-up display that provides information on gears, revolutions, speed, time and other driving information. In addition, the manufacturer has also stressed that safety will be significantly improved, improving on the current model’s poor rating of 0 (Latin NCAP).
In terms of powertrain, the second version of the Baleno is expected to be powered by the existing 1.2-litre petrol with a 5-speed manual or new automatic transmission and a maximum power of 82 hp. The 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine and the 1.25-litre diesel engine have both been discontinued due to emissions regulations.
The second generation of the Baleno hatchback has been unveiled by Suzuki overseas. Although the chassis is a continuation of the previous Heartect platform, the exterior and interior have been significantly revised to give the second-generation Baleno a completely different look and feel, giving the Baleno a new and fresh look. The second generation of the Suzuki Baleno has moved away from the rounded style of the past and is now linked by a more aggressive tank guard and sharp headlamps. In particular, the redesigned LED headlamps give the car a very aggressive look.
The second-generation Suzuki Baleno follows the Heartect platform, with little change in size, measuring 3,990 x 1,745 x 1,500mm in length, width and height, and a wheelbase of 2,520mm, and although the chassis structure remains the same as before, the suspension has been refined with strengthened and upgraded shocks and discs to improve handling and comfort. The front and rear bumper is very well designed and has a good visual dimension, and the new lines have been optimised to give the Baleno a more spirited look. At the rear, the new LED taillights, with their angular, multi-sided shape, echo the front end.
The interior has been redesigned with a 9-inch multimedia screen and a built-in Suzuki SmartPlay Pro+ infotainment system, which supports Suzuki Connect and 360-degree panorama. The instrumentation remains the same as the traditional two-ring design, but with the addition of a colour HUD head-up display, the new generation of Baleno has been made smarter and more user-friendly with new technology. With the 1.2 litre NA engine, available with either a 5-speed manual or manual transmission, producing 89hp/11.5kgm, the chances of the new generation Baleno returning to the Taiwanese market are slim, given that the previous generation was withdrawn from the market last year and the new CAFÉ emissions restrictions coming into force this year.