Australian Suzuki revealed a special version of the popular Baleno front light hatchback about to leave the Australian market.
The Suzuki Baleno Shadow is based on the entry-level GL variant but adds a black body kit, black side decals, black 16-inch alloy wheels and ‘Shadow’ badging.
Baleno special edition matte black priced from $26,890 driving$5900 more expensive than the equivalent GL variant.
There will only be 300 examples of Baleno Shadow offered Down Under.
Powering the Suzuki Baleno Shadow is the same way 1.4 liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine like the rest of the Baleno range, production 68kW power and 130Nm of torque.
Unlike the Baleno GL available with a five-speed manual transmission, the Baleno Shadow is paired exclusively with a four-speed automatic transmission with a hard drive.
Baleno Shadow is also available in only two different exterior paint colors: Arctic White and Premium Metallic Silver. The second of these colors costs an extra $595.
Like recent reportthe pre-facelift Suzuki Baleno’s supply is slowly dwindling, with the final shipment reaching customers in May.
The update Balenorevealed in February of this year, won’t be sold here, making the less spacious but zippered Swift a Suzuki light vehicle option.
This updated Baleno, which features a new look and a more modern interior, has been designed to be sold in markets such as India, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
The previous update, outgoing Baleno was also built in India, but aimed at export markets like Australia and the UK – where it has also stopped selling.
In the future, we will have to rely on devices that are more expensive and less widely available Suzuki Swift to carry the torch to light the car alone.
“Going into 2023 with that particular segment, we won’t get a chance to bring that car [Baleno] ,” said Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota, who added the supply of Swifts from Japan is expected to improve to at least fill the sales gap.
“As the Swift supply gets better, we could see it take more market share. We don’t necessarily have the same volume but we believe that given the value of the product, we think we can keep a lot of… that segment.”
As of the end of July, Suzuki has sold a total of 5028 Baleno units, a far cry from the best-selling MG 3 with 9480 units sold during the same period.
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