Maruti Baleno Boosterjet spied ahead of festive season launch

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Will be christened Maruti Baleno RS.

A CarDekho reader has spied an export-spec Maruti Baleno with the 1.0L Boosterjet engine testing in Mumbai. It will launch in India as a sportier Maruti Baleno ‘RS’; debuting the 1.0L three cylinder turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ engine in the country.

Maruti Baleno Boosterjet spied ahead of festive season launch
The export-spec Baleno Boosterjet will launch in India as a sportier Maruti Baleno ‘RS’.

In the export-spec model, the Baleno Boosterjet produces 110 hp and 170 Nm of torque in the Euro-spec model. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Baleno RS will be more fuel efficient than the regular Baleno petrol variant with the 1.2L K-Series N/A engine.

Previewed to the Indian public at the Auto Expo 2016, the Boosterjet variant will feature a sporty body kit featuring a mesh grille, sportier front bumper with a wider radiator intake and silver underlining, side skirts, black-painted alloy wheels, roof spoiler and a lower rear bumper.

Maruti Baleno RS front quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
The Baleno RS will be more fuel efficient than the regular Baleno petrol variant.

Also Read: Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20 – Comparison Review

The Baleno RS will slot into the performance-oriented premium hatchback segment, comprising of products like the Fiat Abarth Punto and the VW Polo GT TSI that are also powered by turbocharged petrol engines.

Maruti Baleno RS concept – Image Gallery

[Source: CarDekho]

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