The Baleno hatchback surely gathered lots of appreciation since its launched last year officially here in India. Now after almost a year, Maruti has planned to introduce a sportier variant of the same hatchback. Called the Baleno RS, this car made its first official appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Maruti has confirmed that they will be launching the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March 2017.
Recently Gaadiwaadi was able to click some undisguised images of the sportier Baleno variant of the hatchback which gives us an idea about the things which you can expect from this upcoming hatchback variant.
Before we get into anything else, let us remind you that the Baleno RS will be positioned on top of their existing hatchback and will only sell through the Nexa dealerships. That said, the car will get a new 998 cc Boosterjet turbocharged three-cylinder direct-injection engine, although the engine is smaller than the 1.2 Litre unit which powers the standard hatchback it makes more power than the 1.2 Litre unit. The new 1.0 Litre Ecobooost unit produces about 101 Hp of peak power at around 5500 rpm and 150 NM of torque in between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. The engine will paired to a five-speed manual unit.
Talk about styling, and the new Baleno RS gets few exterior updates which come in the form of a new body kit which will include sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, chrome garnishes towards the front grille and perhaps slightly beefier tires.
The Baleno RS variant will likely also get subtle updates to the interior as well in the form of new upholstery and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. To further add to the sportiness quotient of the car might also feature aluminum foot pedals as well.
Regarding safety features expect the Baleno RS to get disc brakes on all the four wheels and both driver and front passenger airbags along with ABS and EBD.
When launched this will perhaps be the cheapest hot hatchback available on sale in the Indian market and will be priced around the 8-9 Lakh rupee mark.