Priced at Rs. 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Maruti Baleno RS will rival the Volkswagen GT TSI in India.
Powered by a 1.0-litre, 110bhp Boosterjet petrol engine, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is claimed to deliver high performance and decent fuel efficiency.
The long wait for the Maruti Baleno RS (Road Sport) is finally over, as the Indo-Japanese carmaker has rolled out the hot hatch in the Indian market. Available only on the top-spec Alpha trim, the new powerful and sportier derivative of the Baleno hatchback is priced at Rs 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). One can also pre-book the car by visiting NEXA dealerships or NEXA Experience website.
Powering the new Maruti hot hatch is a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that has been borrowed from the global-spec Baleno. While the global version delivers 110bhp and 175Nm, the India-spec model is tuned for 100bhp and 150Nm. For transmission choice, there is a 5-speed manual gearbox. Besides the more powerful engine, the Maruti Baleno RS receives sharper and edgier design. The company has also updated its suspension system for achieving better performance. In India, the Maruti Baleno RS will lock horns against the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Fiat Punto Abarth.
While the regular Baleno comes within the price range of Rs 5.28 lakh to Rs 8.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), its performance version is slightly more expensive. Packed with the new 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, sporty styling and new features, the Baleno RS is priced at Rs 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & 6-speed Automatic|
The Baleno RS is the first Maruti product in India to receive Suzuki’s new global 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. The company claims that the three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol motor delivers greater displacement with high torques at low revs. Tuned for Indian driving conditions, this turbo unit is boosted with direct injection system that enhances control of fuel injection directly into the combustion chamber. This results less emission and improved fuel efficiency.
The hot-hatch’s turbo engine dishes out a maximum power output of 100.5bhp at 5,500rpm and a peak torque of 150Nm between 1,700rpm – 4,500rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The acceleration of the hot hatch is claimed to be 14% better than the regular model. Maruti is also expected to use this Boosterjet engine in other models in the line-up. Read – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Aiding performance, the powerful 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine is claimed to be frugal in nature. Its mileage figures are higher than regular Baleno. Setting new benchmark in the segment, the mileage for Maruti’s hot hatch is rated 21.1kmpl. Read Our Review – Maruti Vitara Brezza – Should You Buy it?
Since the new RS has been made available only on the top-spec Alpha trim, it is loaded with all comfort and safety fitments offered on the Baleno carline. While the feature list is carried over from the top-end Alpha trim, the hatchback comes equipped with new sporty alloy wheels with a new black shade. Inside the cabin, there are lots of high-end goodies such as automatic air-conditioner, multi-functional steering wheel and SmartPlay Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. In terms of safety, the car is packed with tyre pressure monitoring system, side airbags, radar based brake support and disc units at front and rear.
Dimensionally, the new Baleno RS is 3,995mm in length, 1,745mm in width and 1,510mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,520mm. The overall dimensions are similar to the regular Baleno; however, the height of the car has been increased by 10mm. The car has a ground clearance of 170mm, while the boot space stands at 339-litres.
Classified as a performance driven hatchback, Baleno RS is styled to give a sporty flair. While there are no radical changes, it has received new key elements such as the V-shaped grille, pulled back headlamps, sporty bumper, wider air-intakes and larger fog lamps. The inclusion of new bumpers result into a slightly increase in its overall length. The changes made to the exterior styling are in line with Suzuki’s new liquid flow design philosophy. The side profile has been accentuated by new decals and bigger alloys. Changes made to the rear are in tandem with its sporty character with new LED tail-lamps and chrome elements adding to the visual appeal.
With respect to safety, Maruti equips additional provisions over the regular model such as the tyre pressure monitoring system, radar-based brake support, side airbags and disc brakes at front rear axles. Besides the 114mm ground clearance ensures Baleno RS will tackle Indian roads with ease. Weighing 85kgs more than the standard Baleno, the kerb weight of the hot hatch is around 950kgs.
Updates to the cabin are largely confined to additional equipment. For a sportier appearance, seats are wrapped with new upholstery and there is a new steering wheel. The instrument panel is re-styled in a bid to reinforce the sporty look. Benefitting from the SmartPlay infotainment system with Bluetooth, AppleCarPlay and Navigation, the Baleno RS borrows comfort features from the regular model. Other in-cabin tech such as rear-parking camera & sensors, engine start-stop button, climate control are also included inside. In terms of space, it is comfortable, with ample space for five adults and 339-litre of space for storing luggage.
Powered with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine, the Baleno RS will become Maruti Suzuki's first-ever hot hatch in the country. With several changes inside and out, the Baleno RS will look lot sportier than the regular version of the hatch.