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Maruti Suzuki to launch new Ciaz, Baleno RS and Ignis through Nexa in 2017

The much-awaited Baleno RS, Ignis and facelifted Ciaz will be launched in 2017, and will be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa outlets in 2017.

Maruti Suzuki will introduce Baleno RS and Ignis in the premium hatchback segment and a facelift of the Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki will introduce Baleno RS and Ignis in the premium hatchback segment and a facelift of the Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki will introduce Baleno RS and Ignis in the premium hatchback segment and a facelift of the Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki will introduce Baleno RS and Ignis in the premium hatchback segment and a facelift of the Ciaz

There were some unveils at the 2016 Auto Expo that stole the limelight and out of those, two cars in particular from the Maruti Suzuki stall grabbed most of the attention. These were the Baleno RS and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. The Indian carmaker is now set to introduce these two products in the premium hatchback segment and a facelift of the Ciaz. While the existing model of the sedan is sold through regular dealerships, the updated version might be sold through Nexa. Doing so would help Nexa post larger numbers as it presently only sells two models, the Baleno and S-Cross, of which only the former posts impressive numbers. Keeping this in mind, we’ve compiled all the important information you would want to know about these upcoming cars from Maruti Suzuki.

Baleno RS

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Concept
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Concept

The highlight about the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is the new Boosterjet petrol engine, which will make the car the company’s first 100+ hp hatchback. In terms of design, the Baleno RS will have the same silhouette like its existing siblings, however, we can expect some chrome inserts for the headlamps, tail lamps and a few more changes to the bumpers’ design. The talking point here is the 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol engine, which is expected to produce an impressive 109 hp of power and 170 Nm of torque. The European-spec version reaches 100 kmph from standstill in 11 seconds, however, for India, this time is expected to be lesser as the Baleno RS which would be introduced in India is speculated to be lighter.

Inside the Baleno RS, the hatchback will have a sporty theme with an all-black interior, a 7-inch infotainment system similar to the one seen in top-end Baleno models on sale right now. It will rival the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Abarth lineup from Fiat.

Ignis

Maruti Suzuki Ignis caught testing
Maruti Suzuki Ignis caught testing

Maruti Suzuki also unveiled a more premium looking Ignis compact crossover. Earlier this year, the company halted the production of the Ritz owing to declining sales due to lack of features on the car. Replacing the ageing hatchback will be the Ignis, which is expected to be priced around Rs 5.5 lakh, ex-showroom. It will have a tall-boy design with projector head lamps, LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and a contemporary silhouette based on the Indian carmaker’s design theory, Transformotion.

It will be powered by the existing K series 1.2 litre petrol engine and the DDiS200 diesel motor that we have witnessed doing duty in other Maruti Suzuki cars. While the petrol could be offered with a 5-speed manual and a CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission, the diesel will come only with a manual gearbox.

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Facelifted Ciaz

Image of existing Maruti Suzuki Ciaz used for reference purpose
Image of existing Maruti Suzuki Ciaz used for reference purpose

The Ciaz has been one of the top contenders, in terms of sales, in the executive sedan segment. That said, the design has started to show its age and Maruti Suzuki is expected to introduce a facelifted version. Although mechanicals will remain the same and the sedan will be powered by the same 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. These engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol would also have an option of a 4-speed torque convertor, however, we would have loved if this was a 5-speed unit.

In terms of design, there would be minor tweaks in the Ciaz’s exterior which would include revised bumpers, headlamp and tail lamp design as well as DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps). Inside the sedan, it is expected to have the same beige/black theme with a host of features like the touchscreen infotainment system seen in the existing version that supports navigation, USB, AUX-in playback and Apple CarPlay.

With the launch of three new products via the Nexa outlets, Maruti Suzuki intends to strengthen its premium portfolio which would give a potential buyer more options from the Indian carmaker to choose from. While the Baleno RS and Ignis should’ve been launched earlier, Maruti Suzuki has been trying to fulfil demand for the Baleno and Vitara Brezza. This did not leave the carmaker with enough capacity at its plants to manufacture the new models. This situation though is set to change soon as the company’s Gujarat plant goes live in January next year.

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