A brand new era of the Suzuki Baleno was launched in India earlier this 12 months, however the up to date model received’t be accessible in Australia, the place Suzuki has determined to discontinue the small hatchback. As a correct goodbye to the nameplate Down Beneath, the Suzuki Baleno Shadow restricted version is coming with a darker fashion and a moderately steep value.
By way of tools, the Baleno Shadow is positioned in the course of the fashions’ Australian lineup. Curiously although, it’s priced at $26,890 AUD ($18,718 USD), which makes it $6,900 AUD ($4,804 USD) dearer than the entry-level GL and $3,400 AUD ($2,367 USD) pricier than the flagship GLX.
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The stand-out function of the particular version is the black-painted bumper and facet sill extensions, the black decals, the Shadow badge, and the black-finished 16-inch alloy wheels. All these options can solely be mixed with both Arctic White or Premium Silver Metallic exterior shades.
Surprisingly, the Baleno Shadow doesn’t get the LED headlights of the GLX, however the dated halogen items from the base-spec GL. It additionally misses the auto local weather management of the GLX because it comes with guide A/C. At the very least it comes commonplace with the 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, reversing digicam, and a six-speaker audio system.
Beneath the bonnet lies a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 91 hp (68 kW / 92 PS) and 130 Nm (96 lb-ft) of torque. Be aware that that is the one possibility for the Baleno in Australia. Within the case of the Shadow, the mill is mated to a four-speed computerized gearbox sending energy to the entrance axle.
Solely 300 items of the Baleno Shadow can be accessible in Australia, so events ought to in all probability hurry up and order one. Whereas the sporty bodykit and the restricted availability may very well be engaging to some, it’s onerous to justify shopping for a Baleno Shadow as an alternative of the higher geared up and cheaper GLX.
As reported by CarExpert, the Baleno has been fairly a gross sales hit Down Beneath since its debut in 2016. It’s at the moment Australia’s second best-selling supermini behind the MG3, forward of in style rivals just like the Mazda2, the Toyota Yaris, and the VW Polo. The discontinuation of the Baleno within the Australian market signifies that Suzuki is left with a single hatchback providing, the Swift, which can be up for an improve.