A facelifted version of Suzuki Baleno has been leaked in India with restyled front and rear ends, and a completely new dashboard.
With all Australia-bound Balenos hailing from India, we should be in line to receive the updated model. However, Suzuki Australia says nothing has been confirmed for our market.
This is complemented by a new bonnet pressing and a broader grille, which retains its chrome wings that integrate with the headlamp units.
The new bumper has an extra splash of chrome, while the lower intakes are now integrated into the fog lamp pods.
Little has changed along the side, except for a thicker chrome accent along the bottom of the side window frames. The bright work now kicks to form a C-shaped curve for the rear quarter window.
At the rear there’s a subtly upgraded bumper with a squarer licence plate surround and reflectors that live higher up than before.
The tail lights have a slightly more dynamic shape and now stretch into the tailgate.
More dramatic changes have been made inside, with the Baleno benefiting from a more modern-looking dashboard.
The new dash is bisected by a large slab of silver-painted plastic that’s underscored by blue trim that extends into the door cards. Rising from the dashboard is a free-standing pod for a larger infotainment touchscreen.
Ahead of the driver — at least on high-end models — there’s a new flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel, and a colour head-up display. Safety features now apparently include a surround-view camera system.
It’s unclear if the Baleno will receive any active safety technology as part of its update.
While the Swift is offered in Australia with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control in all but its base trim, the Baleno doesn’t offer any of this tech in any variant.
According to Autocar India, the Baleno will be sold in India solely with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with automatic engine stop/start. It can be paired with a five-speed manual, or a five-speed automated manual transmission.
It’s unclear whether export versions will come with different drivetrain options. Current the Baleno is sold in Australia with a 68kW/130Nm 1.4-litre engine fitted with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
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