Say Hi To The Sailing Moon

As regular readers will know, DTW is quietly supportive of Suzuki. But friends also need to be politely critical sometimes.

Unpretentious – Baleno by Suzuki (2017)

Part of me likes the 2017 Baleno for its unpretentious grasp of the vernacular. The car has no clear trope to express. Then it has a few bright bits here and there and nods towards the Swift. I’ll have to consult Wikipedia or Suzuki for dimensions. Yet I want to

say that the blacked out A-pillar is an afterthought   and the shutlines (the whole A-pillar base, actually) is a cat’s basket of a mess.

Is this not a little untidy?

And did you know the chromed grille is supposed to continue graphically into the light housing? In most conditions it’s not obvious. The panel gap and polycarbon cover pushes the continuation out of focus.

2017 Suzuki Baleno grille

Suzuki should sell a 2.0 litre turbo version of this, with Lotus fettling. It’d be a winner.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

6 thoughts on “Say Hi To The Sailing Moon”

  1. There’s really only one Baleno dimension that matters – 3995mm long.

    By which means it conveniently slips into the Indian small car tax category. It’s a rather hastily cobbled together response to the Hyundai i20, which shook Maruti-Suzuki from a complacency engendered by seemingly unassailable ownership of the Indian top ten, and well over half the national automobile market.

    Some numbers:

    In 2016 Maruti accounted for 49% of Suzuki’s worldwide production of 2,945,295.

    2016 Japanese production was 794,244.

    Magyar Suzuki produced 211,000 vehicles in 2016.

    In July 2017 the Baleno was in second place in the Indian top ten 19,153, behind the chart-topping Alto at 26,009. Its Hyundai rival the Elite i20 sat at no.10 with 10,017 registrations. Two other Hyundais, the i10 at no.7 and Creta (iX25()at no.9, were the only non-Marutis to break the traditional top ten hegemony.

    Suzuki used to be accused of making cars which answered questions nobody asked. But not with the Baleno. It’s all about India, and if anybody else likes it, hey, that’s just great…

  2. My brothers FIL recently bought a brand new Suzuki soft roader thing, using his traditional “walk into the closest dealership and buy the car closest to the door” technique. I’ve not driven it myself, but my brother has covered about 1000 miles in it and tells me it is the most cynically “good enough, but only just” car he has ever driven. The handful of Suzukis I have driven over the years have been either utterly forgettable or outright crap, so I’m really not getting the love?

  3. I’m totally on board with the esteem for the forthcoming SJ and the current Ignis. This, by contrast, strikes me as a bit rushed (as per Robertas’ comment above), and-it-shows, sort of effort. There is no thoughtfulness as there is in the Ignis, or a coherent theme as for the SJ – it all seems rather patchy and none-too-coherent.

    1. The interior hard trim has a few hasty junctions, I agree. It is also pretty cheap and efficient. The vague styling is, for me, a plus. It’s a real workshoe car. I’d like Suzuki to roll out a dirt cheap three pot roadster and do a cooking Baleno – it’d not cost much to develop and if they could throw in some loud paints it’d sell like digestive biscuits.

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