Maruti Baleno RS – All you wanted to know
India`s largest carmaker Maruti has finally entered the continuously growing segment of hot hatchbacks in India with the launch of the Maruti Baleno RS at an introductory price of Rs. 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The car will be available only in a single variant and will share features with the top-end Alpha trim. It will be sold alongside the regular Baleno through the NEXA dealership chain.
The main highlight of the Baleno RS is its new engine. It is the first car in India to get Suzuki’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol engine. While being mated to a 5-speed manual, this power plant develops 101 BHP and 150 Nm of torque. The added power needs some other mechanical tweaks to the chassis. Hence, Maruti engineers have equipped the Baleno RS with improved suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels.
A hot hatch package isn’t complete if it hasn’t been given some cosmetic upgrades. The Baleno RS too gets some mild tweaks to its design, though the uninformed might not be able to identify the changes in the first look. It gets new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, front & rear lip, larger 16-inch blacked out alloy wheels and a prominent roof mounted spoiler. However, the interiors have been left unchanged. We seriously hoped Maruti should have added a pinch of sportiness to the cabin by use of some contrasting elements on the steering wheel, dashboard and seat upholstery.
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Here`s everything we know about this performance derivative of the Maruti Baleno:
Maruti Baleno RS price
Maruti has launched the Baleno RS at an introductory price of Rs. 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This pricing is slightly on the optimistic side. The price difference between the top-end Baleno petrol and the RS model is a whopping Rs. 1.4 lakh, which is exactly double of what we had hoped for.
Maruti Baleno RS Specifications
The Baleno RS marks the debut of Suzuki’s 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in India. It is rated at 101 BHP and 150 Nm of torque and is offered with only a single transmission option – a 5-speed MT. ARAI fuel economy of the Baleno RS is 21.1 km/l. Maruti claims that the RS boasts of 14% better acceleration than the regular Baleno petrol which is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine.
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol|
|Maximum Power||101 bhp|
|Maximum Torque||150 Nm|
|ARAI Fuel Economy||21.1 km/l|
Maruti Baleno RS dimensions
|Length x Width x Height||3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm|
|Kerb Weight||950 – 980 kgs|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Boot Space||355 litres|
Maruti Baleno RS Rivals
The vehicle will be positioned above the current Baleno range, which means that it will compete with other hot hatchbacks in the segment like the Abarth Punto and Polo GT TSI.
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Maruti Baleno RS Interiors
The interiors will resemble the current model but revised or new features are expected to make an entry. The minimal chrome inserts, sports-style bucket seats and all-black interiors will continue to adorn the Baleno RS. Rumours suggest that the instrument panel can be revised; the RS can get a new steering and also new upholstery for seats. The premium hatch is spacious enough to accommodate 5 adults comfortably; it also offers boot space of 339-litres. List of features offered are AppleCarPlay and Navigation, SmartPlay infotainment system with Bluetooth, climate control, rear parking camera, sensors and start-stop button. The kerb weight of the Maruti Baleno RS stands at 950 kgs which is 100 kgs more than the regular Baleno which weighs 865 kgs.
Maruti Baleno RS Features
- Projector headlamps
- LED daytime running lights (DRLs)
- 16-inch blacked-out alloy wheels
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Reverse Camera
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Automatic Climate Control
Maruti Baleno RS Safety Features
- Dual airbags – driver and front passenger
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
- Disc brakes on all four wheels
- Seatbelts with pretensioners
Maruti Baleno RS Exterior design
Maruti designers have made some subtle updates to the Baleno RS’ design in order to differentiate it from the regular model. These tweaks include a new bumper that houses a wider air dam which integrates the circular fog lamps. The rear bumper too is a new unit, with a larger blacked out area stretching up to the new number plate housing. The front grille gets a glossy black treatment on the mesh grille; something that we aren’t really a fan of. There is also a body kit on offer, which includes satin black front & rear bumper extensions and side skirts. The rear end also features a larger roof spoiler that helps to tone down the bulky derriere of the car.
Maruti Baleno RS Colours
- Autumn Orange
- Fire Red
- Granite Grey
- Urban Blue
- Ray Blue