June 13, 2022
In September 2020, the Toyota Starlet landed on South African shores to replace the Toyota Etios that had been in the market for many years.
The Starlet has made a significant impact on the South African market, as evidenced by amazing sales. The Starlet was one of the top four personal vehicles sold in South Africa in February 2022 according to NAAMSA. It’s easy to see that there is much interest in a facelifted version of this Toyota.
So, what can we expect? The industry’s now focusing on its facelifted version. Read on and find out.1
For the uninformed, the Toyota Starlet is a Suzuki Baleno wearing a Toyota badge. The Baleno has enjoyed sales for much longer compared to its Toyota counterpart. But the selling power of the Toyota badge became clear when sales of the Starlet easily overtook those of the Baleno.
The front end of the Starlet enjoys a new facelift, boasting of newly designed headlights and a new style of the bumper. The greatest alterations occurred inside the car and at the rear.
The Starlet series consists of 5 models, each one equipped with an engine and two transmission options. Suzuki’s Indian division Maruti started providing small clues in February 2022 about a likely facelift of the Suzuki Baleno. A news leak that occurred towards the end of November 2021 revealed the Baleno displaying a revised front end and new rear taillights. Suzuki South Africa has indicated that this model should be entering our market soon.
Maruti Suzuki’s information leaks in India about the Suzuki Baleno reveal a darker car with illuminated new daytime running lights. The car will display its new looks soon, which is the first time for this car segment. It has a new-look infotainment system which is the result of a collaborative effort by both Suzuki and Toyota.
Industry assumes that the Suzuki Baleno’s powertrain options will also be available for the Toyota Starlet. Although the 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine will only be available in the Indian market, South Africa will enjoy models equipped with a 1.4-litre engine generating 68kW and 130 Nm of torque.
Everyone is waiting with great anticipation for its arrival, which is due to be before the end of 2022.
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