The car which was showcased as a concept at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 is now finally a reality. Yes, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is recently launched in India. Though the car has been launched today, the company was taking its booking before only. With the Baleno RS launch in India, Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has got its new competitor in the Indian market. In terms of styling, the Baleno RS is similar to the standard version that we already have.
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The notable changes include RS badging to differentiate it from the standard version. Also, the RS version gets a set of glossy black alloy wheels instead of grey alloy wheels. Even the cabin layout is similar to the standard Baleno with subtle changes like bucket seats with new upholstery and aluminum-finished pedals to give a sporty feel. On the equipment front, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS gets SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.
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The highlighting part of the all-new Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is its engine, which makes it the most powerful hatchback in the respective segment. The Baleno RS houses a 998-cc, three-cylinder Booster Jet petrol engine which churns out a maximum power output of 103 PS and peak torque of 150 Nm. The engine is further mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. These figures are slightly lower than the international spec model which generates 112 PS maximum power and 175 Nm peak torque.
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Apart from Polo, the Baleno RS will also compete against the Fiat Abarth Punto, which is also a performance centric hot hatch currently available in the market. As, Maruti Suzuki has been aggressive on the pricing front of Vitara Brezza and Ignis, the same was expected for Baleno RS. And, following the same pattern, the Baleno RS has been priced at at ₹8.69 lakh (ex-Delhi). Let’s see how the new hot hatch performs in the market which has seen quite a slow demand all these years.