So the new Maruti Baleno hatchback has done something that the long-discontinued Baleno sedan failed rather miserably at, i.e., achieve segment-topping sales figures. However, unlike the Baleno sedan, which has won accolades for being a strong performer, the new Baleno hasn’t really attracted the car enthusiasts and the performance junkies. Now, though, all this could soon change with Maruti prepping the Baleno RS – a performance-oriented version that will come packed with a low capacity turbocharged petrol engine. The upcoming 1.0 BoosterJet-equipped car made its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki will the Baleno RS in India in the first quarter of 2017. Read on for Maruti Baleno RS India launch date, price details, specifications, mileage, features and other related details.
Powering the new Baleno RS will be a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. It will produce 110 BHP and 170 Nm. This engine is likely to also make it to the Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol model. The new Baleno RS will rival the VW Polo GT TSI and the Ford Figo 1.5 L Petrol model. The Baleno RS will go on sale with two transmission options– 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic.
Maruti Baleno RS Launch Date
|Baleno RS India Launch Date||First Quarter 2017|
At the Auto Expo, Maruti announced a festive season launch for the Baleno. However, that has not been the case. According to latest reports, the Maruti Baleno RS launch will now take place in the first quarter of 2017. The Baleno RS will come to us at a time when sales of Petrol-powered cars is fast picking up and more powerful variants are fast gaining acceptance among the car buying lot. The Baleno RS, thanks to its low capacity Boosterjet engine, is high on both performance and fuel mileage. Watch this space for more on the Maruti Baleno RS India launch date.
The delay in the launch of the Maruti Baleno RS could be due to Maruti struggling to cope with high demand for newer models such as the Vitara Brezza and the Baleno hatchback. On January 13, Maruti will launch the Ignis. The Baleno RS launch will take place after the Ignis, possibily in February- March 2017.
Maruti Baleno RS Price in India
|Baleno RS Price in India (Estimated Ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
|Maruti Baleno RS Zeta||Rs. 7.70 Lakh|
|Maruti Baleno RS Alpha||Rs. 8.20 Lakh|
MSIL shocked everyone with the pricing of the new Baleno. Hence, expect an ultra-competitive price for the RS variant as well. However, be ready to pay a considerable premium over the 1.2-litre K-series engine equipped Baleno Petrol. Our guess is that the prices of the Baleno RS in India would start at roughly Rs. 7.7 Lakhs. The Baleno RS will be available only in the high-end trims. Here’s what the rest of the Maruti Baleno price list looks like
|New Maruti Baleno Price in India (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Maruti Baleno Sigma Petrol||Rs. 5.25 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Delta Petrol||Rs. 5.90 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Zeta Petrol||Rs. 6.51 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Delta Petrol Automatic||Rs. 6.96 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Alpha Petrol||Rs. 7.22 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Zeta Petrol Automatic||Rs. 7.58 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Sigma Diesel||Rs. 6.37 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Delta Diesel||Rs. 7.03 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Zeta Diesel||Rs. 7.64 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno Alpha Diesel||Rs. 8.36 lakh|
Maruti Baleno RS Specifications
|Length x Width x Height||3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm|
|Kerb Weight||950 – 980 kgs|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Boot Space||355 litres|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.0-litre L Petrol|
|Top Speed||199 KMPH|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||11.4 Seconds|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed MT/6-speed AT (rumour)|
|Mileage||~ 22 KMPL|
The upcoming Baleno RS will mark the debut of Maruti’s all-new 1.0 L BoosterJet engine in India. Power output will be around 110 bhp while peak torque will be 170 Nm. It will get a 5-speed manual transmission. However, there have been rumours suggesting Maruti will add a 6-speed automatic gearbox to the lineup as well. UK-spec Baleno 1.0 L claims a top speed of 199 KMPH and a 0-100 km/h time of 11.4 seconds.
Maruti Baleno RS Mileage
|Maruti Baleno RS Mileage (Estimated)|
It is expected that the Baleno RS will have a higher fuel mileage than the 1.2-litre Petrol variant. The Baleno 1.2 Petrol offers an ARAI-certified fuel mileage of 21.4 KMPL. The Baleno RS, however, could boast of a certified mileage of a little more than 22 KMPL.
Maruti Baleno RS Exterior
The Baleno has to the most radical design from Maruti in recent times. Thanks to many bold design elements, the new Baleno does look a lot bolder than its rivals. The car’s ‘liquid flow’ design language puts the latest Suzuki supermini right in the league of models like Hyundai Elite i20. However, the new Baleno does have some design elements that are distinctly Suzuki. The front-end boasts of a big V-shaped grille and swept back Swift-like headlamps. Side profile isn’t as bold but does get flowing lines and pronounced wheel arches.
The rear-end has to be the sportiest with bits like LED taillamps and a chunky bumper making the car look pretty stylish. For the upcoming RS model, the Baleno hatchback is expected to get bigger alloy wheels, side skirts and some more chrome. Maruti will offer the Baleno RS in black colour, which the standard car is not available in.
Maruti Baleno RS Interior
Much like the exterior, the interior will be the same. The overall design, the layout, all of it will be the same. However, the Baleno RS will have revised instrumentation due to the high-performance motor. Also, it could get an upholstery change to look more sporty. The new Baleno is a pretty spacious car as it can seat 5 in considerable comfort. Even the boot space, at 339-litres, is pretty generous. The Baleno RS will share the features list with the current car. This means that the fully loaded Baleno RS model will get features like-
- Touchscreen Infotainment
- Rear Parking Sensors with Camera
- Automatic Climate Control
- Engine Start-Stop Button
- Leather Upholstery
- Steering-mounted Audio Controls
Maruti Baleno RS Video
Maruti Baleno RS India – Features
Features list of the Baleno RS will be the same as that of the standard Baleno sold in India. Dual front airbags and ABS will be standard. Top-end trims will get Maruti’s SmartPlay touchscreen AVN, auto aircon, keyless entry and push button start, etc. It could feature a new alloy wheel design (picture below) similar to the UK-spec Baleno.
- New Black Colour
- New alloy wheel design
- Front bumper lip spoiler
- Side Skirts
- New rear bumper
- Black mesh front grille
|Air Conditioner Type||Automatic Climate Control|
|Power Windows||Yes (All Four)|
|Central Locking||Yes (keyless entry and go)|
|Steering Audio Controls||Yes|
|Audio System||Yes (SmartPlay Touchscreen for Alpha trim only)|
Maruti Baleno RS India – Safety Features
The car will get several safety features. While we are not sure, Maruti could even offer a safety pack comprising of 6 SRS Airbags among other features. It is for sure, however, that the Baleno RS will get-
- Front Dual SRS Airbags (Standard)
- ABS with EBD (Standard)
- Seatbelts with Pre-Tensioners
- Crumple Zones
- Security System
Maruti Baleno RS India – Engine and Transmission
As of now, the new Baleno is available with a 1.3-litre DDiS190 Diesel and a 1.2-litre, K-Series VVT Petrol engine. The Petrol engine produces a max. power of 83 bhp and a peak torque of 115 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There’s also an optional CVT transmission. The ARAI-rated fuel economy stands at 21.4 KMPL.
The Baleno RS will have a lot more power. Its 1.0-litre Turbocharged BoosterJet engine will churn out a max. power of 110bhp and a peak torque of 170Nm. There should be a definite increase in performance. The UK-spec Baleno RS boasts a top speed of 199 KMPH and a 0-100 KMPH run of around 11.2 Seconds. There have been reports suggesting the Baleno RS will get a new 6-speed automatic transmission, apart from a standard 5-speed manual. Fuel efficiency, in comparison with the current 1.2 L petrol, should see an increase of around 2-3 kpl.
Maruti Baleno RS Rivals in India
Being a performance-oriented model, the upcoming Maruti Baleno RS will rival the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Abarth Punto.
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