Maruti Baleno RS to go on sale in March 2017 – Report

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Will output 100 hp from a 1.0L 3-cyl turbo engine.

ET Auto reports that the Maruti Baleno RS will launch in India in March 2017, according to a source close to the company. It was earlier rumoured to go on sale this month, but now it seems that a launch next month is more likely to happen.

Maruti Baleno RS front quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
he Baleno RS will be powered by a new 1.0L Boosterjet (turbo) petrol engine producing 100 hp.

Technical specs of the Baleno RS had leaked online more than a week ago. The Baleno RS will be powered by a new 1.0L Boosterjet (turbo) petrol engine producing 100 hp (75kW) at 5,500 rpm and 150 Nm of torque between 1,700 rpm – 4,500 rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox is confirmed to be standard, while rumours of a 6-speed automatic in the offing are still circulating.

According to the leaked spec sheet, the Baleno RS has a kerb weight of 950 kg (with fluids, spare wheel and tools), so expect power-to-weight ratio to be in hot-hatch standards. The 1.0L Boosterjet is also claimed to be more fuel efficient than the regular Baleno 1.2 petrol.

Maruti Baleno RS rear quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
The Baleno RS has a kerb weight of 950 kg, so expect power-to-weight ratio to be in hot-hatch standards.

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As for the exterior and interior, Maruti showcased a near-production concept of the Baleno RS at the Auto Expo 2016. The Baleno RS distinguishes itself with features like a mesh-pattern grille, sportier front bumper with a wider radiator intake and silver underlining, side skirts, black-painted alloy wheels, roof spoiler and a new rear bumper. It will also be equipped with rear-disc brakes for better stopping power.

Maruti Baleno RS concept – Image Gallery

[Source: ET Auto]

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