Turbocharged power and efficiency has just become even more affordable with the arrival in New Zealand of a special production run of the Suzuki Baleno RS five-door hatchback.
The latest version of the lively and thrifty Baleno RS represents a $2,000 saving and comes with a choice of seven colours including two new options. Magma Grey joins the colour lineup and the vibrant Autumn Orange is available for a limited period.
In spite of the modest capacity of the advanced K10C Boosterjet engine, this sports version of the practical and roomy Baleno provides the performance of a larger power plant while still giving excellent fuel economy. The RS returns an average of 5.2 litres/100 km in the combined fuel economy cycle, an outstanding result for a turbocharged car.
The direct injection, 16 valve 1.0 litre motor is coupled to a 6-stage automatic gearbox with steering column paddle shifters. All-round motoring is enhanced by a 23 percent increase in torque over the naturally aspirated 1.4L engine featured in the GLX model from 130 Nm to 160 Nm, while a 20 percent boost in power to 82 kW adds a sharp edge to the car’s performance.
Another key to the Baleno’s performance is the strong but lightweight platform which is based on the underpinnings of the highly popular Suzuki Swift model. This has significant frame and component weight savings, helping to keep overall weight of the 3,995 mm long Baleno to a trim 975 kg.
Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist, electronic stability programme, hill hold control and automatic levelling LED projector headlights. Guide-me, automatic light-sensing headlights continue to illuminate the road for a short while after occupants leave the vehicle. LED daytime running lamps are integrated into the headlamps.
Four wheel disc brakes and larger diameter 16-inch polished face alloy wheels are part of the RS package.
Climate control air conditioning, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite navigation, reversing camera, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto are all included.
The RS is distinguished by chrome door handles, chrome beltline accents and front fog lamps. A smooth and stand-out body shape is further enhanced by by a rear upper spoiler and rear chrome garnish.
With the addition of two new colours plus the availability of Phoenix Red Pearl, Starglaze Blue, Premium Silver metallic, White Pearl and Granite Grey metallic, the choice of Baleno exterior colours has never been better.
For a limited time the suggested selling price of the Baleno RS is now $23,990 plus on-road costs and the car comes with a comprehensive five year warranty package and five year Suzuki Assist which is one of New Zealand’s most comprehensive roadside assistance programmes. Ensuring low cost of ownership, customers can also purchase a 3yr Service Plan for only $699. This combined offer once again displays Suzuki New Zealand’s commitment to offering affordable value options to customers.
“Popularity of the Baleno range is continuing to increase,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Motor Vehicle Marketing at Suzuki New Zealand. “In 2020 sales of new Balenos in New Zealand increased by 38 percent over the previous year, despite the overall market reducing in size due to the Covid-19 virus."