Maruti Suzuki had showcased the Baleno RS at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. Now, the performance hatchback is most likely to be launched in India sometime during early 2017. Japanese-based automobile manufacturer will be introducing a BOOSTERJET engine in Baleno RS.
Under the hood of Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will be a 1.0-litre BOOSTERJET engine. This inline, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine will produce 111bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. It is most likely to be paired with a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters and a 5-speed manual transmission.
In terms of design, regular Baleno and Baleno RS will look almost identical. Minor changes will be adopted by Maruti Suzuki to differentiate both models. Tweaks to the front and rear bumper, along with new and sporty looking alloy wheels can be expected on the Baleno RS.
The Baleno RS will be equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels. Maruti Suzuki will also be equipping the Baleno RS with ABS and several other safety features. No other details have been revealed so far and are being saved for the launch period.
NEXA dealerships will exclusively offer the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Expect the Baleno RS to bear a price tag in excess of Rs. 8 lakh ex-showroom. Maruti Suzuki for the very first time will be offering a performance hatchback to Indian customers in the form of their Baleno RS.