The facelift for the Maruti Baleno RS will see this performance-oriented hatchback get design updates which will make it different from the standard Baleno.
After updating its premium hatchback Baleno, Maruti Suzuki is now going to launch a mid-life update for its hot-hatchback iteration, the Baleno RS in the Indian market. A recently leaked image of the updated Baleno RS shows that the same is in the pipeline and is expected to make its debut soon. Going by this image we can say that unlike before, the hot-hatch will get cosmetic revisions which are going to make it look considerably different than its standard version.
For instance, the 2019 Baleno RS facelift will get a completely redesigned front bumper. It is now going to get large diffusers on either end with a large air dam sitting in between. In addition to this, the front grille is also going to feature minor updates. Furthermore, just like the standard Baleno, this one is also going to a new set of alloy wheels. The headlamps, which were earlier halogen projector units will now turn to LED projector units.
On the inside, the 2019 Baleno RS is likely to get a slightly different design for the upholstery. In addition to this, the infotainment system will be a new Smartplay unit which features a different user interface and still comes with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Since the RS is based on the top-spec Alpha trim of the Baleno, it is going to get an equipment list which has automatic climate control, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, rear parking camera, day and night IRVM among other creature comforts.
The engine line-up of the Maruti Baleno RS will remain the same as before. It will continue to be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine capable of churning out 101 BHP along with 150 Nm of peak torque. The transmission responsibilities will be taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Currently, the price for the Maruti Baleno RS is slotted at INR 8.5 lakh. With this mid-life update, expect them to increase minutely.