Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one of the top-selling cars in the country. It was launched back in 2015 in India and since then it has been a great success for Maruti Suzuki competing against the Hyundai i20 Elite, VW Polo, Fiat Punto and Honda Jazz. Currently, it is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3 litre diesel motor. Maruti Suzuki has decided to take Baleno to a new level. So they are planning to launch the Baleno RS on 3rd March in India with a 1.0-litre turbo engine.
Baleno RS was first seen in the Auto Expo 2016 as a Maruti Suzuki’s concept. The younger generation is looking for something more powerful rather than economy all the times. Considering this, Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the Baleno RS. This will be the Maruti Suzuki’s first petrol turbo which they call “BOOSTERJET”. The new motor will be a three-cylindered producing 102 hp and 150 Nm. The engine is now smaller in size but does not think it to be less powerful. The new motor will be using the direct injection technology. Hence it helps the engine tackling the turbo lag. The air intake ports have been shortened and the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head to save weight. Though other manufacturers like VW and Ford already have the 1.2 TSI and 1.0-litre Ecoboost engines but it’s never too late for a good start.
As been updated by Maruti Suzuki on their new engine, due to the quality of fuel available in India, the Boosterjet has been detuned from 111hp in order to run on regular 91 octane. The buyers would think that the turbo engine will need special maintenance. But it’s not true, it’s almost as easy to maintain as every other naturally aspirated engine. Maruti Suzuki also recommends using additives after every 20,000 km. The turbo uses the exhaust gases via a wastegate valve. The intercooler cools the gases before feeding to the combustion chamber. This results in a greater power output when compared to engines with the same displacement. With the help of direct injection, it is ensured that the fuel is completely burnt and the fuel consumption is optimised along with lower emissions. In addition to this, high-pressure pumps and six nozzle injectors are used.
This is definitely a leap that Maruti Suzuki is taking by offering smaller engines yet powerful ones. In fact, Baleno RS will be the fastest car from Maruti Suzuki.