Maruti Suzuki, the Indian carmaker has confirmed to launch the performance based version of the existing Baleno hatchback, named as Baleno RS in the next month, according to the company sources. The Baleno is going to be the next coming launch from the market leader after Maruti Ignis, a small crossover.
In 2017, the Baleno RS will be the second launch as well as second RS variant by Maruti Suzuki after the launch of Ciaz RS in October 2015. The performance based hatchback will get the 1.0L Boosterjet engine, which returns the output of 100hp of power and the torque of 150Nm. The new model comes with the standard 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Baleno RS will be the first turbocharged petrol engine (1.0-litre BoosterJet) offered by Maruti Suzuki in the current market. In fact, the Baleno RS concept has showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo (motor show) along with the newly launched Maruti Ignis.
The Baleno RS will get the V-shaped grille, projector headlights, rear bumpers and sporty front. Inside, the performance based variant features the touch screen infotainment system, Apple car play, RS badging seat covers, Sporty steering wheel, as well.
Like the Baleno hatchback, the RS variant to be sold via the Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA network. The Baleno RS will competing the existing Volkswagen Polo GT and Fiat Abarth Punto. Coming to the price details, the Baleno RS to be available in the price range of Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 9 lakh.