Get to know Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Baleno's twin in Africa
Get to know Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Baleno's twin in Africa

Get to know Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Baleno’s twin in Africa

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The Toyota Starlet was popular in Indonesia in the 1990s. The fourth generation hatchback sedan with the code P80 was first launched in 1990 and had become a favorite of young people at that time. Unfortunately in 1998 this car is no longer marketed.

Its successor, the 5th generation (P90), is also not sold in Indonesia and only paved from 1996 to 1999. Although the car is selling well globally, Toyota has no intention of continuing the next generation of Starlet.

But on the African continent, there is the name “Starlet” which Toyota has revived. The name full of memory is present in a hatchback based on the Suzuki Baleno in Africa.

Get to know Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Baleno's twin in Africa
Get to know Toyota Starlet, Suzuki Baleno’s twin in Africa

Detail Toyota Starlet

At first glance, the Toyota Starlet looks similar to the facelifted version of the Suzuki Baleno . Unlike the Suzuki Baleno Indonesia where the body shape is more sporty, the Starlet takes the form of the regular Baleno.

This means that the car still has a downward-curving grille , projector headlamps and LED rear lights, halogen fog lamps, two-tone root rims , and blackouted A-pillars .

Entering the interior, once again the similarities between Starlet and Baleno are getting thicker. The three-spoke steering wheel in front of the speedometer with digital MID is no different from the Suzuki Baleno in general.

There is also a digital automatic AC panel in the shape of the letter ‘V’, a head unit with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, black and blue cloth seats, audio steering switch , and cruise control buttons which are not found on its Indonesian twin.

 

Safety features, performance and price

The safety features of the Toyota Starlet in Africa are more complete than the Suzuki Baleno in Indonesia. The car is equipped with 6 airbags , Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), rear disc brakes, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). However, Starlet is not equipped with a reverse camera like Baleno in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and rear parking sensors are standard on the Starlet and Baleno.

Toyota Starlet carries the same engine as the Suzuki Baleno. This means that both cars use a 1,400cc kitchen runway with an output of 92 PS and 130 Nm of torque. All the power is channeled to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

For the price, the Toyota Starlet is priced starting from Rand 217,500 or IDR 209 million (with an exchange rate of Rand 1 = IDR 962, 97), to the most expensive type with a price of Rand 294,000

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