Maruti will soon launch a faster, sportier version of the Baleno hatchback. The new Maruti Baleno RS will not only carry all the virtues of the manufacturer’s most premium hatchback yet but will also offer a sportier drive. The Baleno RS will become a direct rival to the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Fiat Punto Abarth. We feel that the Baleno RS will enjoy a significant price advantage over its immediate rivals. However, there’s one car that might end up worrying the boffins at MSIL. Yes, we’re talking about the 1.5 Petrol variant of the new Figo. Equipped with a powerful engine and a Dual-clutch Transmission, the Figo 1.5 DCT is a pretty sporty car. We have compared it with the upcoming Maruti in our Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol comparison post here-
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Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Price Comparison
|Maruti Baleno RS||Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol|
|Price||Rs 8.00 Lakh – Rs 9.00 Lakh (est.)||Rs 7.53 Lakh|
We expect the Baleno RS to have a sticker price of at least Rs 8 Lakh. The Figo 1.5 Ti-VCT costs Rs 7.53 lakhs, which is considerably lesser. However, the Baleno RS is likely to justify its premium by offering more space and that ‘big car feel’.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Specifications
|Baleno RS||Figo 1.5 Petrol|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol||1.5 L Petrol|
|Power||100 bhp||110 bhp|
|Torque||150 Nm||136 Nm|
|Top Speed||190 km/h (est)||190 km/h|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||9.5 seconds (est)||9.7 seconds|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed manual||6-speed DCT automatic|
|Mileage||22 kpl (estimated)||18.9 kpl (claimed)|
On comparison of specifications, it is pretty much clear that the two cars will be almost equally matched. While the Figo will offer more power, the Baleno RS will have more torque. However, let’s not forget that the Figo 1.5 Petrol offers a 6-speed Dual-clutch Automatic. The Baleno RS, on the other hand, makes do with a 5-speed Manual Transmission.
Mileage- Maruti cars are known to deliver a high average fuel mileage. And the Baleno RS, in all probability, will be no different. Compared to the Figo’s fuel mileage of 18.9 KMPL, the Baleno RS could deliver a higher fuel efficiency by a small margin.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Images
Seen above are some images of the Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol and the new Maruti Baleno RS.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Dimensions
Maruti Baleno RSFord Figo 1.5 Petrol
|Length x Width x Height||3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm||3886 x 1695 x 1525 mm|
|Wheelbase||2520 mm||2491 mm|
|Kerb Weight||-NA-||1047 KGs|
|Wheel Type and Size||16-inch alloys||14-inch alloys|
|Boot Space||339 L||257 L|