Maruti Suzuki is all set to foray into the world of performance oriented products with the launch of the Baleno RS, scheduled to happen on the 3rd of March this year. Currently, the market for such products is quite small, with not too many alternatives present. When launched, the Baleno RS will face competition from the existing, Fiat Abarth Punto. Here we compare both of them with each other on the basis of price, features and engine specifications to see which one is the ideal pick.
Maruti Baleno RS Vs Fiat Abarth Punto: Price
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will be placed in a slightly higher price spectrum than that of the standard Baleno. Hence we expect the prices of the same to start from INR 8 lakh and go up to INR 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Fiat Abarth Punto is available in only a single variant. The price of the same has been slated at INR 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Do Read: Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS: Price in India, Launch Date, Engine specification and photos All you need to know
Maruti Baleno RS Vs Fiat Abarth Punto: Features
The Baleno RS is to come loaded with features like LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lamps, Smart Play infotainment system equipped with Smartphone connect and Apple CarPlay, steering mounted controls, navigation system, voice command, remote key-less entry, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, automatic climate control, front and rear accessory socket, engine push start/stop button among the others. On the safety front, this performance hatchback is to come equipped with Dual front-airbags, ABS with EBD and Suzuki’s TECT body.
The Fiat Abarth Punto comes with leather wrapped steering wheel, remote key-less entry, tilt adjustable steering wheel, 8-inch Smart tech AVN infotainment system, steering mounted control, 12-V power socket, automatic climate control, rear air-con vents, height adjustable driver’s seat, dashboard ambient lighting, rear spoiler, front and rear disk brakes among the others. The safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD. You may also like: Maruti Baleno RS Vs Ford Figo 1.5 petrol automatic: Price, Features and Engine Specification
Maruti Baleno RS Vs Fiat Abarth Punto: Engine Specifications
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is to be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged BoosterJet petrol engine. The engine is capable of produces 101Bhp along with 150Nm of peak torque. The transmission responsibilities are to be handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. There will be no automatic transmission to be offered. Also Read: Maruti Baleno RS E-Bookings open at INR 11,000
The Fiat Abarth Punto gets a 1.4-litre T-JET MultiAir 4-cylinder petrol engine which is good for 145Bhp along with 200Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.