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Few things to know about the Baleno RS launched in India

News - Few things to know about the Baleno RS launched in India

Maruti Suzuki launched the Baleno RS (Road Sport for Maruti Suzuki) in India on 3rd March 2017, making their first step into the hot-hatch segment introducing Suzuki Booster jet engines in India. It gets a fairly new design compared to the outgoing model with a host of features that accentuate the sportier look of the vehicle. Aggressively priced at Rs.8.69 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), the New Baleno RS openly challenges its rivals, Fiat Abarth Punto and Volkswagen Polo GT.

Exteriors:

New Baleno RS comes with a newly designed bonnet and grille with chrome surround in grey finish on the front fascia. Skirts of grey chrome run all from the front to both sides keeping it distinct from the existing model. It gets a roof spoiler on the rear and a half spoiler on the tailgate in the middle. The Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED day time running lights and LED tail lights with graphics add elements of sportiness to the All New Baleno RS. Though the alloy wheels are carried over from the model in stock, they are blackened as seen on the newly launched Ignis.

Interiors:

The cabin is sportier too with a completely black profile, but doesn’t have anything new in terms of features to promise than what most present day cars offer. In fact, the 7-inch Suzuki Smart Play touch screen infotainment is compatible only with Apple Car Play and the Android Auto compatibility goes for a miss. Other features include 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, keyless entry, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control and so on. Although all the smart features are drawn from the existing Baleno, the new cabin looks tad more impressive in design and finish.

Performance and Safety:

On the Baleno RS, Power is derived from a 1.0L three cylinder Booster jet petrol engine that churns 102hp and 150Nm of peak torque while returning a fuel efficiency of 21.1kmpl. The best part is the NVH (Noise/Vibration/Harness) appears minimal in spite of the three-cylinder engine it houses. The 998cc engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox turning the New Baleno RS to be one of the most powerful hatchbacks from Maruti Suzuki in India.

Safety features include disc brakes for all wheels, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), Dual airbags, Seat belt warning etc.

Auto Industry to demand only two rates for GST in passenger vehicles
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Volvo’s latest SUV, XC60 launched in India at Rs.55.90 lakh
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 Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month
Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017

• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model

• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately


Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors
Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!

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The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.


Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017
Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

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Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car
Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

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Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh
Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

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Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh
Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.


2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount
2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.


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Maruti Alto 800 gets an Utsav edition at Rs.3.94 lakh
Maruti Alto 800 gets an Utsav edition at Rs.3.94 lakh

Maruti Suzuki launched an Utsav edition for Alto 800, their popular tiny hatchback on account of the festive season. Not all variants, but the VXi(O) trim that gets this special edition priced at Rs.3.94 lakh. This price is around Rs.20000 (for the accessory kit) more than the outgoing VXi(O) variant. Alto 800 is a vehicle that hasn’t seen much of an upgrade in the recent past, yet managed to remain as one of the best sellers from the company.

Auto sales post GST: August 2017
Auto sales post GST: August 2017

Indian Automobile market seems to be going through ups and downs post GST. India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki has managed to remain as the topper with Hyundai and Mahindra to follow. Few companies like Toyota and Ford had considerable decline in sales owing to the drop in export figures while the hike in prices of luxury cars post GST and delayed production contributed to the drop in sales of passenger cars altogether. Let us take a look at the sales figures across different segments:

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
MARUTI SUZUKI Baleno RS

MARUTI SUZUKI Baleno RS

9.41 Lakh TO 9.41 Lakh