India's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki launched the Baleno hatchback in October last year and it has become another successful model for the company with overwhelming bookings and sales.
Buoyed by the response, the company showcased Baleno RS concept at the Auto Expo 2016 in February and confirmed the launch of the production version this festive season. As the launch of the Baleno RS inches closer, new information has been revealed by the company and vendor sources. We have compiled all the information below:
The talking point in the Baleno RS is the engine. It will be powered by 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which Maruti Suzuki calls Boosterjet. The Boosterjet engine will develop close to 111bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. It will be either mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Reports indicate automatic transmission option will also come with paddle shifters. This is expected to make the Baleno RS drive more fun-filled and it will give an edge over the rivals.
The Baleno RS will also feature disc brakes for all four wheels. Apart from the Abarth Punto, this will be the only affordable hatchback in the country to be equipped with all-wheel disc brakes. The braking will be assisted by ABS, while dual airbags will be offered as standard fitment.
The Baleno RS will bear separate visual identity over the regular Baleno with sportier front and rear bumper. The rear bumper will feature dual-tone scheme with faux diffusers. Additionally, it will get side skirts and new diamond cut alloy wheels in dark shade.
Baleno RS will also boast of bi-xenon projector headlamps, auto headlamps and wipers, reverse camera, automatic climate control and 7-inch touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system with Apple CarPlay.
To be sold via Nexa premium dealerships, the Baleno RS will be pricier than the regular 1.2-litre petrol variants. The go faster Baleno will be pitted against Fiat Abarth Punto, Ford Figo 1.5-litre petrol and Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.