This is the new Suzuki Baleno, a brand new rival for the VW Polo and Ford fiesta that’s been undraped at the Frankfurt motor show.
What is it?
The Baleno may be a five-door little hatchback that’s regarding the same size because the likes of the Skoda Fabia and therefore the Ford fiesta. It’s larger than Suzuki’s current giving, the Swift, and can really be sold aboard that model rather than replacing it.
Suzuki is claiming that the new car will offer sturdy levels of practicality for the category and its initial figures seem to back this up. The Baleno’s boot capability is 355 litres, that is over seventy litres up on each the Fiesta’s and the Polo’s – and twenty five up on our current car of the Year, the Fabia.
What engines will it come with?
Two gas engines are offered: a one.2-litre unit with 89bhp and a one.0-litre three-cylinder motor manufacturing 110bhp.
The 1.2 also will be out there as a part of a light hybrid set-up; it uses an electrical motor to help the Baleno restart once stop-start things, and to pull away from a standstill. There’s no diesel possibility, incidentally.
The standard transmission may be a five-speed manual, but the 1.2 is offered with a CVT automatic case and therefore the one.0 will be offered with a standard six-speed motor vehicle. The hybrid (badged SHVS) may be a manual solely and it’ll be the cleanest edition at launch, with CO2 emissions of simply 93g/km. The regular one.2 manual can emit 101g/km whereas the tougher 1.0-litre motor, badged Boosterjet, emits 103g/km with a manual case.
What’s it like inside?
Suzuki claims the Baleno will deal with 5 adults in its cabin, though the car’s dipping rear roofline would indicate that headroom might be a difficulty within the back seats.
The dashboard appearance neat and uncluttered; Suzuki’s launch pictures show a centrally-mounted seven.0in touch-screen, however this can virtually definitely be nonmandatory on nearly the highest-end editions.
The show|LCD|digital display|alphanumeric display} display between the rev-counter and speed indicator is probably going to be customary across the vary, though. That larger-screen moving picture system can supply Apple CarPlay property for iPhone users, Suzuki has unconcealed.
How much will it cost?
The Baleno can press on sale within the uk next spring. Suzuki hasn’t confirmed prices nevertheless, however we’d expect it to appear competitive against the fiesta and Fabia, with a beginning figure of around £12,000 and finance offers to match.