Suzuki has killed its range-topping Baleno GLX Turbo, replacing it with a naturally-aspirated model wearing the GLX badge.
Where the now-defunct Turbo (above) was powered by an 82kW, 160Nm three-cylinder turbocharged engine, the new Baleno GLX will make use of the same 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine as the wider range.
It makes 68kW and 130Nm, hooked up to a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment still includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and a reversing camera, along with cruise control, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, and LED daytime running lights.
Keyless entry and start, climate control, a 4.2-inch display in the instrument binnacle, chrome exterior trim, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Along with the existing range of colours, the revised Baleno range will be available in a new shade of blue.
The revised Baleno flagship be priced from $18,990 before on-roads or $19,990 drive-away as an introductory price, down from $22,990 excluding on-roads for the outgoing Turbo.
Suzuki Australia's general manager, Michael Pachota, said the decision was based predominately on price.
“The introduction of the updated Baleno GLX confirms Suzuki’s commitment to great value vehicles by bringing the entire Baleno range under $19,990 drive away," he explained.
Those comments, and indeed the decision to axe the Turbo, contradict comments from Andrew Moore, Pachota's predecessor and Renault's current managing director, calling for a sportier take on the Baleno formula.
"We've been requesting a sportier look for our turbo car, so we'll be flagging this as something we'd like in Australia," he said in 2017.
2019 Suzuki Baleno pricing
- Baleno GL manual - $15,990
- Baleno GL automatic - $16,990
- Baleno GLX automatic - $18,990
All prices exclude on-road costs, unless otherwise noted.