Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview
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. Request a test drive for Baleno RS in Tryaldrive
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Design
The Baleno RS (Road Sport, not rally sport, according to Maruti) is the car market leader’s first attempt at creating what is closest to a hot hatch. In the Indian context, this belongs to the performance category, while elsewhere in the world, this is just one more engine variant of the Baleno; and in most cases meant to help meet more stringent emission norms. But, what is in a name… or should we say an appendage. The numbers should still excite petrol-heads. How does 102 hp of power and 150 Nm of torque sound to you? Not bad for a sub-one-litre engine in a sub-tonne hatch, right?
But, before we get carried away by the new Boosterjet engine and its prowess, let us get past the Baleno RS’s design identity. From a distance, the new sportier version of the Baleno could pass off as the existing model, except maybe from the rear and if you had a keen eye. Maruti Suzuki has chosen to keep the unique features on the RS’s exterior to a fair minimum. It has got a new bonnet grille with a grey metallic chrome surround and a new bumper at the front with what looks like a large airdam and aggressive profile. Faux skirts in the same grey metallic chrome finish run along the sides and under the front fender. The rear features a considerably altered fender compared to the regular Baleno’s. There is also the rear spoiler at the roof and the mid-tail gate chrome half spoiler with the reversing camera in the middle. The only place where the RS appendage is visible is at the rear with the badge in blue. The most unique and good looking feature of the new RS variant are the black alloy wheels.
How’s the interior? To put it short, it’s exactly like the standard Baleno. Everything from the dash design, the layout and seat upholstery is familiar affair. That said, the cabin’s design itself is unlike Maruti’s other hatchbacks and because of that it still looks refreshing. Plastic quality remains good for the segment, with fit and finish similarly ranked. We have always liked the Baleno’s multicolour instrument cluster and in the RS, the neatly designed display stands out against the vast spread of greys and blacks. As you would expect, space and comfort levels remain unchanged for the RS. Jump in the back and you first notice how accommodating the rear is compared to something like a Polo GT TSI. Unlike its German rival, the RS has a great deal of legroom and excellent headroom as well. The rear bench may be relatively flat but good under thigh support and cushioning more than make up for it. The front seats too are wide enough for generously sized occupants and do a good job of holding them onto place even under heavy cornering, as I found out during my stint at the Buddh International Circuit.
As for the all-important features list, the RS shares its equipment with the top-spec Baleno 1.2 petrol, meaning you get daytime running lights with LEDs, projector headlights, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, climate control, automatic headlamps and some more. There is one significant addition to the safety equipment though; the RS gets disc brakes all-around as standard, besides ABS, EBD and dual airbags. All in all, even though the cabin suffers from the lack of a makeover, the Baleno RS remains a legitimate family hatch with good space and seat comfort.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Engine
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 aInterestingly, the ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency figure is 21.1 kmpl. What this figure translates to in the real world remains to be seen.ctually 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 Interestingly, the ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency figure is 21.1 kmpl. What this figure translates to in the real world remains to be seen.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Rideing
On the track, the Baleno RS feels much quicker than the regular Baleno. There is no turbolag and power is delivered quick… well, for a hatch in the mass market segment. The comparison can’t be with real performance cars and that is also the reason why Maruti isn’t offering a 0 to 100 kmph time for the Baleno RS. But, getting to three-digit speeds is quick and on the long back straight in the circuit, I could reach 160 kmph or thereabouts before having to brake hard to take the fourth turn. Speaking of braking, the RS gets discs on all four wheels, and the brakes offer decent bite and consistent stopping force. The steering is typical hatchback style with not much feedback, though, putting the RS on the desired spot on tarmac isn’t so much a problem. However, the stock tyres we drove on weren’t that helpful at high speed cornering; they squealed and slipped quite a bit after a few laps.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Safety
All the wheels get disc brakes along with ABS and EBD, and hence the vehicle never runs out of stopping power. The carmaker is also offering other usual features, like engine immobilizer, keyless central locking, speed-sensing doors, child safety door and seat belt warning.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Price in Bangalore
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 8,51,537/- (Baleno RS 1.0L) to 8,51,537/- (Baleno RS 1.0L). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Baleno RS price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Bottomline
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.