Maruti Baleno RS BoosterJet India Launch Price INR 8.69 lakh
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Maruti Baleno RS BoosterJet India Launch Price INR 8.69 lakh

Maruti Suzuki India has launched the all new Baleno RS with 1.0 liter BoosterJet engine in India. This is the most advanced engine ever to be launched by Maruti in India.

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Maruti Suzuki India launched their premium hatchback Baleno in India back in 2015. One of the best selling cars in the country, Baleno sits above the Swift in the company line-up and rivals with the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, VW Polo, Fiat Punto, Honda Jazz and the likes.

Until now, the Baleno was only offered with a petrol 1.2 liter and diesel 1.3 liter engine option. Now, it will also be offered with a more powerful and efficient 1.0 liter petrol three cylinder engine with the Baleno RS nameplate. With only variant on offer, price starts from INR 8.69 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. This means it is about over INR 1 lakh more expensive than the top end petrol manual variant and about INR 6,000 cheaper than the diesel manual top end variant.

Engine & Transmission

Maruti Baleno RS was showcased as a concept earlier last year at the 2016 Auto Expo. This is a sportier and premium variant of existing Baleno. Power to the Baleno RS comes from 1.0-liter BoosterJet engine which delivers 75 kW (101 hp) at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm at 1700-4500 rpm.

This means that the new Baleno RS delivers 20% more powerful and 30% more torque as compared to the existing 1.2 liter petrol engine. Transmission option on offer is a 5 speed manual gearbox. No automatic or CVT is on offer. Claimed fuel efficiency stands at 21.1 kmpl.

Below is a video explaining the functioning of the new petrol engine.

Exteriors & Interiors

As far as exteriors are concerned, it carries forward the same design language as seen on the standard Baleno. Based on the Liquid Flow design philosophy, some of the exterior features are – projector headlamps, LED DRLs, 16 inch alloy with wider 195/55 rubber, LED tail lamps, chrome slat at the rear, V shaped grille, wider air dams in the front, new exterior colour options, new alloys, side skirts, black mesh in front grille, etc.

Interior design remains same. It will get all-black interiors with Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, Auto AC, airbags, ABS, keyless entry, start/stop, power windows, etc. Surprisingly, weight has been increased by 60 kgs.

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Specs

Length 3995
Width (mm) 1745
Height (mm) 1510
Wheelbase (mm) 2520
Ground clearance (mm) 170*
Boot space (l) 339 liters
Seating capacity 5
Engine Capacity (cc) 998
Max Power (kW@rpm) 75/5500
Max. Torque (Nm@rpm) 150/1700-4500
Fuel tank capacity (l) 37
Fuel Type Petrol
Camshaft DOHC
No. of Cylinders 3
Transmission 5MT
Min. turning radius (m) 4.9
Power steering type Electric, Rack & Pinion type
Kerb Weight (kg) 950
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 1360
Front Brakes Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Front Suspension McPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam
Tyre Size* 195/55 R16

Exterior Features

Chrome door handles
Body coloured ORVMs
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome accent front grille
Turn indicators on ORVMs
Back door spoiler
Alloy Wheels (Black)
Daytime Running Lamps with LED
Rear Combination Lamps with LED
Projector headlamps
A+B+C Pillar blackout
UV Cut Glass (Front doors + Rear doors + Qtr glass)

Interior Features

Metal finish inside door handles
Metal finish tipped parking brake
Glove box illumination
Luggage room illumination
Front footwell illumination
Multi Information Speedometer Display (with colour TFT)
Leather wrapped steering wheel

Safety & Security

Anti-theft security system
Front disc brakes
Rear disc brakes
Dual horn
Headlamp levelling
Front fog lamps
Auto headlamps
Pinch guard power window (Driver)
Child seat tether anchorages
Auto diming IRVM
Driver side seat belt reminder
Rev. parking sensors
Rev. parking camera
Rear wiper & washer
Rear defogger

Entertainment

SmartPlay Infotainment System
Bluetooth
AUX & USB
Steering mounted audio control
Navigation system
Voice command
Smartphone Connect/Apple CarPlay
Remote Control through Smartphone App.

Comfort & Convenience

Central locking
Remote keyless entry
Front power windows
Rear power windows
Auto-up power window (Driver)
Electrically foldable ORVMs
Telescopic steering
Tilt steering
Front seat adjustable headrest
Rear seat adjustable headrest
Auto AC
Follow me home/lead to vehicle
Front centre armrest with storage
60:40 Split seat (Rear)
Height adjustable driver seat
Front and rear accessory socket
Push start/stop with smart key

Colour Options

Fire Red
Premium Urban Blue
Premium Silver
Autumn Orange
Ray Blue
Pearl Arctic White
Granite Gray

NEXA

New Maruti Baleno RS will be retailed exclusively via NEXA outlets. In fact, it will be the marquee product on sale at NEXA dealerships across India. With bookings already open, deliveries are set to start within a few days. Just like Baleno, the RS variant will also be produced at both, Manesar as well as Gujarat plant facility.

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