Maruti Suzuki India Limited is all set to launch the Baleno RS hot hatch today and the same will be heating up the hot hatch segment which has been closely fought until now as there are not many competitors in this consumer segment. The new Baleno RS sports subtle changes in the exterior and interior department with the major change coming in the engine department which is the most powerful unit ever put by Maruti in a hatchback. The e-bookings have already commenced with payment of INR 11,000 through electronic payment methods.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS sports revised bumpers upfront with smoke headlamps. The side profile gets side skirts, black 16 inch alloy wheels and power folding ORVMs while the rear gets new sporty bumper, neatly integrated spoiler and RS badge on the bootlid. Interiors come in an all-black theme with expectations of contrast stitching and RS on the seats. The infotainment is handled by a 7 inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, navigation system and voice command. Other features include auto climate control, cruise control and rain sensing wipers.
The engine performance is delivered by a 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder Boosterjet engine which displaces 998 cc while producing 101 bhp @ 5500 rpm with 150 nm of torque which kicks in at 1700 rpm to 4500 rpm. Even the fuel economy is expected to be better than the regular Baleno models.