You can experience this engineering marvel once you are behind the steering wheel. Beneath the silent hood lurks a 1600 cc, 16V Smart-i engine, producing 91 bhp and 130.5 Nm of torque. The beast underneath the hood is matched by the beauty of the car. Luxuries are also found in abundance in the Baleno, including an automatic 13 noise reduction features. No other car can approach the Balenos singular combination of thrilling performance and superior comfort.
13 Noise Reduction Technology
Relax in absolute silence, as the 13 noise reduction measures incorporated in the Baleno, shield you from the hullabaloo of the outside world.
Due to comprehensive noise reduction measures, the quietness of the cabin and the smoothness of the ride are virtually unprecedented.
Sandwich construction dashboard panels - Stops the engine noise from reaching the cabin.
Quarter panel Insulators - Absorbs exterior noise.
Wheel housing Insulators - Suppresses exterior noise.
Dashboard Silencer - Absorbs Engine Noise.
Steering Support Tube - Reduces steering vibration.
Cabin Floor Foot Silencer - Isolates exterior noise and suppresses panel vibration.
Roof Insulation Foam - Reduces incidence of wind noise in pillars.
Floor Carpet Silencer - Absorbs exterior noise at the floor.
Chassis Sub frames - Reduce vibration and body twist from uneven road surfaces.
Floating Acceleration Cable - Reduces pedal vibration.
Resonators and Silencer - Reduce the noise intake to a minimum.
Front Hood Insulator - Suppresses exterior noise.
Boot Floor Sheet Silencer - Isolates exterior noise from rear.
The Baleno with its superior all independent suspension delivers thrilling performance on all roads.
All Independent McPherson Strut System
Ensures stunning responsiveness while driving on smooth highways or bone rattling byways. This feature is unique only to Baleno in this category.
High Ground Clearance
Ensures surefooted grip, glides over potholes with utter disdain.
Tilt Adjustable Power Steering
Empowered with a tilt adjustable, rotation sensitive, hydraulic power steering the Baleno automatically adjusts itself depending on the driving speed to deliver quick and precise driving controls.
The High end MP3 Player
With crystal clear sound makes any long journey seem short. The only thing missing is an applause meter.
Automatic Climate Control
Special sensors inside the car read the conditions outside and automatically adjust the temperature. Baleno's air conditioner is rated better than Mercedes-S class.*
* Source - Overdrive 2001
In the event of a collision, the impact is distributed throughout the vehicle body. The affected portion of the body collapses progressively along the in-built crumple zones. This enables the car to absorb the shock and saves passengers from injuries. The monocoque body also makes the car extremely light, which contributes towards higher-fuel efficiency and a quicker pick-up. Baleno's side impact beams are made of heavy-duty steel tubing. This combined with thicker door construction and reinforced cross members provide extra protection for the cabin and its occupants in the event of side collision.
The front wheels have 13" ventilated disc brakes and the rear wheels have 8" self-adjusting drum brakes. The front and rear brakes force distribution is well balanced by a dual proportioning valve for stable braking even under high-speed panic conditions.
Individual brakes employ a large 9-inch vacuum booster in the master cylinder to reduce pressure on the brake pedal. This increases the braking performance tremendously.
Collapsible Steering Wheel
The steering column is collapsible in nature and reduces the likelihood of injury to the driver in the event of a frontal collision.
Anti Submarining Effect
The front seats have been designed to provide anti submarining effect. This combined with a reinforced structure of the lower part of the seat and the angle on the base of the seat, ensures that the occupant does not slide forward in the event of an impact.
Rear Window Demister
The rear window comes fitted with a demister to improve visibility for the driver especially during heavy showers & foggy conditions. There is also a high mounted rear stop lamp to provide advance warning to vehicles following from behind.
Baleno's meticulous refinement in form defies comparison. Its sleek styling, sensuous curves, unique headlights and distinct pressed bonnet lines compliment the chrome-plated grilles to make a statement of polished elegance.
The wedged shaped bodyline is merged with the smooth sweep of the high hipline that not only catches ones eye but cuts through the air with superb efficiency enhancing driving performance and fuel efficiency.
The low chiseled nose and short rear overhang gives the Baleno its aerodynamic characteristics that fulfill a promise of a luxury sedan designed to deliver hedonistic comfort.
The low slung bonnet offers the driver better visibility and depth perception, while the high hipline and solid body coloured bumpers make the car appear muscular and strong.
The unique shape of the "HEXALIGHT" clear glass front headlamps and the sleek honeycomb front grill add to the overall effect of elegance and style.
Step into the Baleno and enter your oasis of tranquility. Inspired to optimize the best possible ratio of cabin space to engine & boot, the tall cabin design of the Baleno provides roominess of a luxury villa. Its high hipline and concave structure gives you loads of head and legroom to splash around in. The spacious front seats with contoured headrest hold you firmly yet comfortably. Thick cushioning and a spring-mounted base jells effortlessly to make back support on long journeys a pleasure. The rear seats too offer ample head, elbow and legroom.
For a more personalised driving position the Baleno comes with a standard seat height adjuster for the front seats, while the rear seat employs a fold-down seatback. All the seats have been designed to provide high levels of comfort and safety. The driver seat has thick cushioning and spring mounted mats. It also comes with a height adjuster to find the right driving position that is required. The front seats are also fitted with adjustable head restraints, which adds to safety of the passenger. The rear passenger seats are designed to be comfortable with the same thick cushioning and spring mounted mats that take the strain out of long journeys. The rear passenger seat comes with a collapsible armrest.
The contemporary instrument panel of the Baleno effortlessly incorporates the ergonomic design, which ensures a wide and unobstructed view of the road ahead. The instrument panel is rounded towards the driver to create an independent cock-pit feel.The dashboard houses a glove box large enough to hold A4 size magazine. Additional storage space is provided in the form of console pockets and front door pockets on both sides.
The Baleno's raised rear design conceals a spacious boot that houses 346 liters of space. The boot lid is cut down to bumper level for trouble free loading and unloading. The boot also has a trunk light, which comes on when the trunk lid is opened and remains on as long as you keep the lid open.