The facelifted Suzuki Baleno has arrived in South Africa sporting a fresh exterior look and an upgraded interior.

Revealed in January 2019 in India, the updated Baleno gains an exterior redesign as well as new two-tone upholstery inside (and fresh door trim, too). A brushed aluminium finish on sections of the facia (as well as the air conditioning vents, steering wheel and instrument cluster) is also new.

Six exterior paint colours are offered, including a new “Magma Grey” metallic hue.

As before, the local range comprises three variants, all powered by Suzuki’s naturally aspirated 1,4-litre petrol engine. It sends 68 kW and 130 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox (or an optional four-speed automatic in the case of the GLX model).

Interestingly, pricing has now changed over the pre-facelift range, with the 1,4 GL coming in at R209 900, the 1,4 GLX at R244 900 and the 1,4 GLX automatic at R259 900.

The entry-level GL model features air-conditioning, electric windows (front and rear), a sound system (with Bluetooth, MP3, USB and CD), remote keyless access, 12V accessory sockets (fore and aft), a height-adjustable driver’s seat, two airbags, Isofix child-seat mounts and ABS brakes with EBD and BAS.

The GLX trim level, meanwhile, adds items such as cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry (with a push button start), leather trim for the steering wheel, rear park distance control (with a camera), a front armrest, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality), six airbags and discs (rather than drums) at the rear.

All three variants ship standard with a four-year/60 000 km service plan and Suzuki’s promotional warranty of five years or 200 000 km.

Pricing:
Suzuki Baleno 1,4 GL: R209 900
Suzuki Baleno 1,4 GLX: R244 900
Suzuki Baleno 1,4 GLX AT: R259 900