The popular Suzuki Baleno range of models has just had even more safety features added to the already jam-packed array of systems. Electronic stability program (ESP) is now standard in all variants across the range. The ESP system combines stability control and traction control into one seamless safety system that prevents the vehicle from losing traction. The system senses danger then controls engine output and selective braking on different wheels. This is especially valuable in wet or slippery conditions or when the vehicle is being driven enthusiastically at high speeds. With this addition to the ESP system the Suzuki Baleno can now claim to have one of the safest vehicles in its class.
All models are equipped with ABS brakes, emergency brake assistance (EBA) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). They also have side-impact bars on all doors, ISOFIX mounts for child safety seats, high mounted stop lamp, and alarm system as standard.
The Baleno was the first model to feature the Suzuki lightweight and highly ridged HEARTECH platform which is 30% lighter than a conventional similar sized platform. This results in improved handling and fuel efficiency. It’s also 10% stronger which contributes to the exemplary safety credentials. The body structure is further enhanced by Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept which integrates high-strength steel and energy dispersion channels to create a body structure and platform which is both safe and solid.
Two air bags are fitted to the GL model while the GLX adds front side airbags and side curtain airbags as standard. (Total 6 airbags) All this additional offering is added by Suzuki at no additional cost to the retail price, which allows the consumer to buy a A and Sub-B segment hatchback compact but with safety features normally found in the larger B-segment.
Suzuki SA will continue to offer an industry leading 5-year/200 000km mechanical warranty on all new Baleno models. This along with a 4-year/60 000km service plan as standard.