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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS launched in India

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS hatchback has officially been launched in India. The Baleno RS has been priced at ₹ 8.69 lakh and is available exclusively through the Nexa outlets. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)
1/12The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS hatchback has officially been launched in India. The Baleno RS has been priced at ₹ 8.69 lakh and is available exclusively through the Nexa outlets. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)
Available as a single variant model, the new Baleno RS gets a 1.0 litre BoosterJet petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
2/12Available as a single variant model, the new Baleno RS gets a 1.0 litre BoosterJet petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The new Baleno RS has a brushed aluminium centre console. The large touchscreen in the centre comes with built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
3/12The new Baleno RS has a brushed aluminium centre console. The large touchscreen in the centre comes with built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Baleno RS gets a slightly altered exterior . It has a new front mesh grille with a chrome bezel and a larger and sportier front bumper too. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
4/12The Baleno RS gets a slightly altered exterior . It has a new front mesh grille with a chrome bezel and a larger and sportier front bumper too. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Newly launch Baleno RS- Road Sport combines power and design to usher in a new performance segment .The turbo petrol Baleno RS makes 101 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. There is no automatic variant on offer yet neither an AMT nor a CVT. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
5/12Newly launch Baleno RS- Road Sport combines power and design to usher in a new performance segment .The turbo petrol Baleno RS makes 101 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. There is no automatic variant on offer yet neither an AMT nor a CVT. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been one of the most popular cars from the Indo-Japnese carmaker. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
6/12The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been one of the most popular cars from the Indo-Japnese carmaker. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The front bumper also gets a lip spoiler/splitter, which has been finished in satin black.
7/12The front bumper also gets a lip spoiler/splitter, which has been finished in satin black.
The Baleno RS will go up against the likes of sporty hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, Ford Figo 1.5 and the Abarth Punto Evo. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
8/12The Baleno RS will go up against the likes of sporty hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, Ford Figo 1.5 and the Abarth Punto Evo. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The car also gets a satin black side skirt and a set of 16-inch wheels that are identical to the standard car but painted in a shade of black. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
9/12The car also gets a satin black side skirt and a set of 16-inch wheels that are identical to the standard car but painted in a shade of black. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
All four wheels get disc brakes - 14 inch at the front and 13 inch at the rear. And as the weight has increased by 60 kg, Maruti has tuned to suspension for better handling as well. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
10/12All four wheels get disc brakes - 14 inch at the front and 13 inch at the rear. And as the weight has increased by 60 kg, Maruti has tuned to suspension for better handling as well. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The rear bumper is also completely different with the lower half reminding us of the sporty Japanese hatchbacks from the late 90s and 2000s. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
11/12The rear bumper is also completely different with the lower half reminding us of the sporty Japanese hatchbacks from the late 90s and 2000s. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The hatchback is all set to be launched and is expected to be priced around ₹ 8 lakh to ₹ 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
12/12The hatchback is all set to be launched and is expected to be priced around ₹ 8 lakh to ₹ 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
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