For all these years, Maruti Suzuki has been known for its frugal, budget-friendly cars, but none of is cars have stood out as performance machines except for the Swift, to some extent. But the Indian automaker has been revamping its budget car image with launch of bigger and more powerful cars, a case in point being the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. A performance-oriented version of the upscale Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback, the Baleno RS is all set to make its entry into Nexa premium dealerships nationwide in February 2017. This will mark the entry of a new player into the performance hatchback segment, which includes the Ford Figo, Fiat Punto Abarth and the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, with its 1.0-litre torbocharged BoosterJet petrol engine, will come into the Nexa dealership chain after the Maruti Suzuki Ignis launches in January. With its launch, Nexa showrooms will offer the Ignis, Baleno, S-Cross and Baleno RS. The 2017 Maruti Ciaz facelift will launch a little after the Baleno RS.
The Maruti Baleno RS was earlier expected to be launched in the country by November 2016, but the recent fire outbreak at Maruti Suzuki’s vendor’s plant in Gurgaon and the huge demand for the regular Maruti Baleno hatchback along with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the launch has been postponed to Q1 2017. Both the Baleno and Vitara Brezza commands waiting period anywhere in the range of 3 to 8 months depending upon variant. Maruti Suzuki is trying to keep its production line free to manufacture more Baleno & Vitara Brezza cars in order to meet the huge demand. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Ignis: 5 Things to Know