Maruti will launch the all-new hot hatch version of the Baleno, the RS on the 3rd of March. While there has been a lot of speculation on the changes that the new RS will get, nothing concrete has come up regarding the looks, till now though. Here are the first set of pictures that show us exactly what the production ready RS will look like.
There are small changes that have been done to enhance the look of the RS. To begin with, the grill now gets a chrome treatment, something I personally hope is an option and is not something which will be offered as standard. Other than that, the car gets a new front bumper which has been more aggressively designed and a new front splitter. The sides get new skirting and blacked out alloy wheels. At the back, there is an all-new bumper which looks very sporty. The boot gets the RS badging to tell it apart from the normal Baleno.
Here is where the Baleno RS differs from the normal Baleno. The RS is powered by an all-new Boosterjet engine, which is a 3-cylinder turbochargedunit. It displaces 1.0 liters and has a max output of 100 Bhp and 150 Nm. This figure is a little lower than what we had expected. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The vehicle will be offered with all-four disc brakes, something that even the Polo GT TSi doesn’t offer. While it is lower on power than the GT, it makes up in the weight department. The Baleno RS has a kerb weight of 950 kgs, which is roughly 200 kgs lighter than the GT.
From the spec sheet that was leaked previously, two variants are expected to be on offer. One with the 15″ rims and the other with the 16″ ones.
Pricing details are not known currently, however that will be known on the 3rd of March. We do expect Maruti to price the RS very competitively and we do expect it to create a storm in the hot hatch market.
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