Sports Suzuki Baleno RS: back in the ranks, but without an increase in powerJanuary 31, 2019
Introduced an updated version of the “charged” hatchback Suzuki. Hatchback with the index RS has retained the old engine
Restyled hatch Baleno debuted a few days ago. The first market for the refreshed model was India, and the production of the five-door was launched there – it is produced by the joint company Maruti Suzuki. In this country, the pre-reform hatchback still had a “challenged” RS variant, but it didn’t show it along with the usual Baleno-2020, which gave rise to rumors among the local media about the “charged” version’s resignation: that it was not in demand. However, the Baleno RS remained in service, and it was also updated. True, while Maruti Suzuki has distributed only one photo of such a machine.
Externally, the “sporty” version differs from the “simple” Baleno with a more aggressive front bumper and a “mesh” grille. Like the standard restyled hatch, the Baleno RS still acquired LED headlights, but if for the usual hatchback LED optics is provided only in the top configuration, then the Baleno RS is already in the “base”. Plus, both versions received 16-inch wheels of the new design.
There are almost no changes in the cabin of the standard Suzuki Baleno, except that the seats can now be covered with black and blue fabric and have updated the multimedia system. Baleno RS will surely have multimedia, it is also possible that the decorative details of the red color will be used in the interior decoration of the “sports” version.
The engine of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is the same – the petrol turbo four 1.0 Boosterjet with a capacity of 102 hp. (150 Nm), which is paired only with a five-speed manual. However, the usual Baleno did not change engines after restyling: in India, the model is presented with four-cylinder petrol engine K12M 1.2 (84 hp, 115 Nm) and a D13A 1.3 turbo diesel (75 hp, 190 Nm). Both engines are combined with 5-speed manual transmission, gasoline still put variator.
Note, in Europe, the pre-reform Baleno also has the 1.0 Boosterjet engine, and it produces 112 hp. and combined not only with the manual (torque in this case is 170 Nm), but also with a six-speed automatic transmission (160 Nm). In Europe, a hatchback with a turbo engine is offered without RS decor.
Standard updated Maruti Suzuki Baleno is already available for order in India, the price – from 545,000 rupees. Restyled Baleno RS starts in February: according to unofficial data, such a hatch will cost at least 876,000 rupees.
Ordinary Indian-made hatchbacks are delivered to Europe, but without the Maruti console, and the RS version is not there. Prices in the Old World are completely different: for example, in Germany, for a previous hatch, they ask for at least 13,790 euros. The refreshed model will reach the European market later this year.