Maruti showcased the Baleno RS Concept at the 2016 Auto expo and although this looked identical to the standard Baleno hatchback with fewer exceptions but actually features a more powerful engine under the hood. Maruti already launched the Baleno in India and after a year after of the 2016 Auto Expo, in an attempt to impress the Indian customers who love performance-oriented hatchbacks they now launched the Baleno RS hatchback.

Like we already mentioned above the Baleno RS gets a slightly more powerful engine under the hood and is actually a performance oriented hatch and one of its kind from the stable of Maruti Suzuki. The RS variant is positioned above the existing hatchback and is sold through the Nexa showrooms.

The report suggested that the newest performance-oriented hatchback gets a slightly more powerful 1.0-liter Boosterjet unit. The new engine which also makes its Indian debut promises to deliver an impressive amount of power and torque figures along with an exceptional fuel efficiency figures.

Update 06.03.2017:- Maruti launched the Baleno RS hatchback in India and the prices and details are updated in this review.

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EXTERIOR

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Maruti impressed their Indian customers when they introduced the Baleno last year. The car is based on a completely new lightweight platform and looked completely different from any other Maruti products. Maruti claims that the Baleno hatchback is a premium offering and thus gets many bold design elements. The new Baleno with its ‘liquid flow’ design language puts the car in the same league of some other premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Fiat Punto Evo.

Just like the Baleno hatchback, the Baleno RS carries forwards the same V-shaped grille which gets some chrome elements which makes it look slightly more aggressive. The Baleno RS also feature a slightly sportier front bumper as well with lots of Black elements on them. The front bumper also houses round shaped fog lamps as well with chrome accents. Just like the front profile the side profile now gets flared wheel arches and slightly bigger alloy wheels to make things sportier while it will also feature a slightly aggressive body kit as well in the form of an extra side skirt. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the Baleno RS too feature a slightly tweaked bumper to go well with the overall aggressive design.

Although there are no major changes made to the overall design but according to Maruti, they have strengthened the chassis to go well with the more powerful and heavier engine. As a result, the car is now heavier than the standard Baleno hatchback.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Length (mm)3995
Width (mm)1745
Height (mm)1510
Wheelbase (mm)2520
Ground clearance (mm)170*
Boot space (l)339
Seating capacity5

INTERIOR

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What is surprising though is the fact that Maruti hasn’t made any changes to the interior of the Baleno RS hatchback and although this car comes at a premium than the standard Baleno hatchback but it still retains the same cabin of the standard Baleno hatchback. The front seats and the rear seats too are carried over from the standard car which is bit disappointing, though. Even the upholstery also hasn’t received any major change. All the fair bits are although carried over from the stock car into the Baleno RS but still it does not feel enough for a car which costs more than the standard car.

The Baleno RS will be based on the top Alpha grade and thus it gets all the goodies like:-

– Touchscreen Infotainment
– Rear Parking Sensors with Camera
– Automatic Climate Control
– Engine Start-Stop Button
– Leather Upholstery
– Steering-mounted Audio Controls

DRIVETRAIN

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The Baleno RS variant gets the completely new 1.0 Litre, three cylinder, Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine which is capable of producing about 102 Hp of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque. This is the actually the detuned variant of the 1.0 Litre Ecoboost unit which produces about 111 Hp of peak power on the International spec Baleno hatchback. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Although the power figures might not impress many but the car promises to return an impressive overall ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures of 21.1 km pl.

the standard Baleno hatchback is available with 1.2-litre VVT engine which churns out about 83 bhp peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm.

For all your information the standard Baleno hatchback is available with 1.2-litre VVT engine which churns out about 83 bhp peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. The

The Baleno RS hatchback will get disc brakes on four wheels.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine1.0 litre Boosterjet direct injection turbo
Fuel typePetrol
Maximum power102 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque150 Nm @ 2000-3500 rpm

RIDE AND HANDLING

1. Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS

Maruti has also strengthened the chassis for the additional support however like we already mentioned above the overall kerb weight of the hatchback is also more than the standard Baleno hatch. To make the ride sportier Maruti has also retuned the suspension setup for a stiffer setting. The RS variant also gets additional rear disc brakes which definitely will improve the cars overall stopping power.

COMPETITION

Volkswagen Polo GTI

For those who are looking out for power should definitely consider the Polo GTI. Powered by a 1.2 Litre, four-cylinder petrol unit which is also capable of producing about 105 Bhp of peak power and an impressive 175 NM of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed Automatic DSG transmission. Although the power figures might look same but the additional torque definitely gives the Polo an additional pulling power.

|Maruti Baleno RS|VW Polo GT TSI
Engine displacement|1.0-litre|1.2-litre
Power|102hp at 5500rpm|105hp at 5000rpm
Torque|150Nm at 1700-4500rpm|175Nm at 1500-4100rpm
Gearbox 5-speed manual 7-speed DSG automatic

LAUNCH DATE AND PRICE

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The Baleno RS hatchback is priced at INR. 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is actually about 1.4 lakhs more than the standard Baleno Petrol hatchback.

CONCLUSION

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This is definitely the most important part of any overview article when it looks bit confusing. So now the question arises will you spend all those extra money to get your hands on the more powerful 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit which produces slightly more power than the 1.2 Litre unit powering the standard car. Well! Why Not? The 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit certainly does not provide enough power but atleast this car surely returns an impressive overall fuel efficiency. So by paying that entire additional amount you do get a slightly more fuel efficient engine which also promises slightly better power output.