Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 1.0-Litre Spied Ahead Of Its Launch In India

Last Updated On: February 21, 2017

We all know that Maruti is planning to introduce the Baleno RS 1.0 in India. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 1.0 was showcased as a concept last year at the Delhi Auto Show. Now, the concept has finally passed the production stage and soon will be witnessed on the Indian roads. Competing against the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and Fiat Punto, the RS version will surely give a significant push to this premium hatchback.

Baleno RS 1.0
Red Baleno RS 1.0 Spied

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Currently, the Baleno is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. The more balanced, 1.0-litre petrol three cylinder engine produces 74 kW maximum power at 5500 rpm, while the peak torque rest at 150 Nm at 1700 to 4500 rpm. Transmission options include 5-speed manual and 6-speed auto. Clocking 100 kmph mark from naught will take 11.2 seconds while the fuel efficiency is around 20 kmpl. The RS 1.0-litre option will be launched on 3rd March 2017.

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Baleno RS 1.0
Baleno RS Spec Sheet

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Considering the designing of the Baleno RS, it carries the same elements as seen on the standard Baleno. The interior is also kept same and will be available in all-black theme with features like Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, start/stop button, automatic climate control and keyless entry. The Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS is manufactured at the Haryana plant which is the sole manufacturer of Baleno.

Baleno is the first car which is being exported from India to the parent country (Japan). Apart from the Baleno RS 1.0, the SHVS version is also expected to arrive in the Indian market soon. With such a vivid lineup, Suzuki will surely create a dominance in the premium hatchback segment, matching shoulders with its key rival Hyundai. Let’s see if Baleno manages to create a dominance in the respective segment or any other player will create a buzz.