Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the highly-anticipated sportier version of the Baleno hatchback, the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March, 2017. Earlier, we reported about the leaked brochure and now the hatchback has been spotted without any camouflage, revealing all details related to design.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will be based on the standard Baleno Alpha variant, but will get revised styling and a new engine. The carmaker has equipped the RS model with a new mesh grille and new front bumper with front fog lamps. However, the projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps have been retained from the standard model. The car also gets side skirts and new blacked-out alloy wheels. The rear of the car features similar tail lamps and designing, but the company has offered the Baleno RS with a new bumper as well as the RS badging.
There are no interior images of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, but we expect the car to get a host of features. The cabin is expected to feature dual-tone seat upholstery with RS logo, RS branded door sill plates and steel pedals for a sportier look. Safety features will include dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution).
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Other convenience features like rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control, reverse parking sensors with camera, electrically retractable and adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system will also be a part of the cabin features.
Mechanically, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will be powered by a 1.0 litre three cylinder Boosterjet petrol engine that will develop 100 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 150 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, the upcoming Baleno RS will directly compete with the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI in the segment. This will also mark Maruti Suzuki's entry into the hot hatch segment, which right now consists only of the Volkswagen Polo GT twins and the Fiat Abarth Punto.