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27 Jun 2001

The Baleno is available in long-wheelbase sedan form, as a station wagon, or as a short-wheelbase three-door hatchback

A special "inertia mainshaft" engine-mount system is designed to reduce the transmission of engine vibrations into the Baleno's interior

Australian Balenos use the 1.6-litre version of Suzuki's single camshaft, 16-valve engine or a 1.8-litre, twin cam, 16-valve version in the GTX models

Multi-point fuel injection is used to maximise engine efficiency

The 51-litre fuel tank allows a respectable touring range

Cavaliero three-door offers a split/fold rear seat for through-loading into the main cabin

Drum brakes are used at the rear

The steering wheel is adjustable for height

Computer-aided body design has allowed high strength with less overall weight than most of the Baleno's competition

High-waisted styling helps give the Baleno a distinctive look

The Cavaliero is available in three metallic colours - Blush Black, Silky Silver and Cyprus Blue - plus Superior White

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Despite the provision for a passenger's side airbag, Baleno provides a glovebox able to hold A4-size magazines

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