The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one of the best selling hatchbacks in India despite being a premium hatchback. Maruti launched the facelifted version of the car back in January this year. The facelift version of the car had a few visuals tweaks on the outside apart from a mild tinkering on the inside. A few months back, Toyota launched a rebadged version of the Balneo called the Glanza in India. Maruti also offers a sporty version of the hatchback that carries an RS suffix in its name. The video below by Vinay Kapoor shows how a regular 2019 Baleno facelift has been transformed into a 2019 Baleno RS. Let’s now take a look at the video before getting into the details of this transformation job.
As seen in the video, the regular Baleno gets transformed into its better-looking RS counterpart. Note that all the changes made on the car are purely aesthetical in nature and the engine along with other mechanical bits have been left completely stock. The work done on the car is basically a kit job where an RS body kit has been fitted on the regular Balneo. However, the car looks pretty good in the end and the work done on the car doesn’t look shabby at all. Let’s now learn about what all has been changed on the car.
The front and rear bumpers are replaced with new units that are the same as found on the RS variant of the Baleno. This includes a splitter and the front along with a diffuser at the rear along with bigger intake grilles on the bumper. Red brake callipers have also been added for better visual drama. The cost of this whole work is under Rs. 50,000, which includes Rs. 26,500 for the kit, Rs. 5,000 for the red calipers and drums along with painting and other charges.
Talking about the Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift, the hatchback retains the same engine and transmission options as found on the earlier version of the car. The is a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel unit on offer. A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is also available with the Hyundai Elite i20 rival, though it only comes equipped on the RS variant. The four-cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum power of 82 Bhp and 115 Nm of torque. The 1.3-litre diesel engine, on the other hand, produces a maximum power of 74 Bhp and 190 Nm of torque.
The petrol engine gets CVT automatic transmission as an option but the diesel engine option only gets a manual 5-speed transmission. The most powerful engine option is the 1.0-litre BOOSTERJET petrol unit that belts out 101 Bhp of power along with 150 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5 speed unit with revised ratios for better grunt across the rev range.