Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the Baleno RS on March 3. Compared to the standard Baleno Petrol, the RS variant comes with a smaller 1.0 L petrol, but thanks to turbocharging, makes around 100 BHP. MSIL first showcased the Baleno RS last year in February at the Auto Expo. It will become MSIL’s second product launch in 2017 after the Maruti Ignis back in January 2017. Read on for more details on the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS launch, price and specifications.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Launch
|Model Name||Expected Launch Date|
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS||March 3, 2017|
March 3 has been set as the official launch date for the Baleno RS. In all probability, dealers might be accepting bookings for the car unofficially. Examples of the Maruti Baleno RS have already arrived at dealerships and you find images of the production spec Baleno RS on this page.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Price
|Model Name||Estimated Ex-showroom Price|
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Alpha||Rs. 8.00 lakh|
Sources suggest Maruti will price the Baleno RS slightly above the standard 1.2 L version. It will only be available in the fully loaded top end Alpha trim. Our guess is that the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will cost around Rs. 8.00 lakh ex-showroom. For reference, Baleno 1.2 Alpha costs Rs. 7.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) currently.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Specifications
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.0-litre L Boosterjet Petrol|
|Top Speed (est)||199 KMPH|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h) (est)||10 Seconds|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed MT|
Suzuki’s new 1.0 L Boosterjet turbo petrol powers the Baleno RS. This engine is already available on the UK-spec Baleno. However, for the Indian market, it has been tuned to deliver a lower power and torque output. It makes 100 BHP and 150 Nm. Also, only a 5-speed manual will be offered, at least for the time being.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Mileage
|Model Name||Estimated Claimed Mileage|
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 1.0 Manual||21-22 KMPL|
Thanks to a small capacity turbocharged engine, the Baleno RS will boast a high claimed fuel efficiency rating of around 21-22 KMPL.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS – Exterior Design
We have managed to get a hold of images of the production ready Baleno RS. As evident, it is identical to the concept version that was on display at the 2016 Auto Expo. Up front, the Baleno RS features a new bumper and black mesh grille. It gets the same headlamps as the Alpha trim with projector units and LED DRLs.
At the back, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS gets a new bumper with black inserts. There is a subtle black skirt goes all around the car. While the alloy wheel design is the same as the other variants of the Baleno, they come finished in black. Maruti has not made any other changes to the design.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Engine and Transmission
A new 1.0 L Turbocharged petrol engine powers the Baleno RS. While in the UK-spec Baleno this engine makes 110 BHP and 170 Nm, the India-spec Baleno RS makes do with 100 BHP and 150 Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual. However, there have been rumours of a 6-speed automatic joining the lineup eventually. Expect a 0-100 KMPH time of around 10 seconds with a top speed close to 190 KMPH.
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