Maruti Suzuki’s this year dome was based on ‘Transformotion’ which means transformation through motion and signifies the change of technology via introduction of new and innovative products. At the 2016 Indian auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki has revealed the sporty RS version of Baleno premium hatchback and it is all set to join the Bandwagon of performance cars in the country which include Punto Abarth and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
Currently, Baleno is powered by tried and tested 1.2l VVT Petrol developing 84bhp power and 114Nm of peak torque while the 1.3l DDis Multijet diesel engine belts out 74bhp and peak torque of 190Nm, linked to a 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox.
On the other hand, Baleno RS will get the power from 1.0 litre 3-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that develops a substantial 110bhp of max output and 170Nm of peak torque, matched to a six speed manual gearbox. The exterior design remains also same except for the new body kit which includes new extended bumpers, chrome coated grille, new diamond cut alloy wheels, sleek rain guards and dual tone rear bumper with faux diffuser.
Even inside the cabin everything remains same except for the Sporty seat upholstery while in terms of features it will carry forward all the goodies of top spec Alpha trim such as 7 inch Smartplay infotainment system with Apple car Play, voice recognition and navigation, automatic climate control, 60:40 rear seat spilt, leather packed multi function steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, 4.2 inch MID, foot well illumination and much more.
For safety, it will sport all bells and whistles such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking camera, front windows with anti-pinch technology, reverse parking sensors, engine immobilizer, cruise control, driver side seat belt reminder and anti-theft security system. With an expected price around Rs. 10 lakhs (ex-showroom), Baleno RS is expected to launch during the festive season alongside Maruti Ignis.