The Maruti Baleno in India is powered by the same 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines found in the Swift, however, Maruti has confirmed the more powerful 1.0 litre BoosterJet mill for the European market. The company at the ongoing Auto Expo has showcased the Baleno RS with the same turbocharged engine and it gets restyled exteriors. We expect Maruti to launch it here in India around the festive season.
They have not confirmed the output for this Boosterjet mill but its counterpart in Europe produces 110 bhp of maximum power and 170 Nm of peak torque. In comparison the 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol mill produces 83.1 bhp of power and 115 Nm of torque. In terms of visual differences the Baleno RS gets redesigned bumpers, new alloy wheels, body kit, black registration plate enclosure and a slightly restyled front grille.
The company claims that the Baleno RS will allow customers to “experience the thrill of a performance car with the extravagance of a premium hatchback”. They also inform that Baleno RS will be safer, light in weight, more fuel efficient and quieter.
Their second product display was the the Ignis concept. This retro styled compact SUV was unveiled globally at the Geneva Motor Show last year and is also set to hit our streets in the coming months. It is smaller in size than Vitara Brezza but may be marketed via the Nexa channel. Maruti says that they are targeting younger professionals with Ignis.
While the Japanese market, where the car has been recently put on sale, gets a 1.2 litre mill, India is also expected to get the 1.3 litre DDiS diesel mill found in the Swift and Baleno range.
Limited Edition S-Cross
Apart from these two, Maruti also unveiled the limited edition S-Cross with subtle cosmetic add-ons. This includes a darker shade in alloy wheels, black rear spoiler, chrome accents on the front bumper, Garmin HUD, faux carbon trim around the centre console and door panels.
Maruti will launch it in the near future but it is expected to be powered only by the 1.3 litre diesel mill – the 1.6 Liter DDIS may get amiss!