Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is all set to go on trade in India next month on the 3rd of March 2017. If you remember we told you that the firm will start accepting bookings for the car from the 27th of February. And alike to Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the bookings for the Baleno RS can only be done online via the Nexa website for a token amount of Rs.11, 000. We have also come to know that the car will primarily have a waiting period of 4 to 5 weeks, which is not surprising considering the regular Baleno still commands a parallel waiting period in India. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will mark the Indo-Japanese carmaker’s entry into the growing hot hatch segment, joining the 100 BHP group. This means upon its launch the new Baleno RS will contest likes of Ford Figo 1.5 Ti-VCT, Volkswagen Polo GT and even the Fiat Abarth Punto Evo for that matter. What makes the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS a hot hatch is the new turbocharged 1.0 liter Booster Jet 3 – cylinder petrol engine, which has been tuned to churn out a maximum of 101 BHP and develop 150 Nm of highest torque from as low as 1700 RPM. The engine has been detuned for the Indian market, while globally the equivalent motor makes 112 BHP. The transmission duties will be handled by a 5 – speed manual gearbox, which will assuredly be a delight for enthusiasts.
The features sheet was leaked last month and the car has already been marked many times so we already know everything about the car. While in terms of design the Baleno RS looks a bit similar to its regular hatchback version, but the car does come with updated styling and several new features. Up front, the car comes with a revised front that features a new grille, restyled headlights with projector illuminations and LED daytime running lights. The front-bumper has also been changed as it now comes with a wider air dam and larger round fog lamps. The car also gets a more prominent silver bumper lip adding to its sporty character. Maruti has also used a lot of chrome along the grid, door handles and the rear as well. The Baleno RS also comes with new good-looking alloy wheels. The car will also come with a reviewed cabin with Smart Play infotainment system with Apple Car Play support, and aluminum finish pedals. That said, the Baleno RS does not come with a flat-bottom steering wheel or sporty interior as we had hoped. Safety features though include double front airbags, pinch guard power window for the driver, ISOFIX child seat mount, reverse parking sensors and camera among more.