The Baleno RS might make a great warm hatch for the Indian market. Rumor has it that the car will go on sale by the end of the year and pack a 1-liter Boosterjet directly injected petrol engine that produces 115 PS and 175 Nm of torque. That's not something to get your panties all bunched up. But compared to the regular 1.2L VVT petrol with 83 hp and the 75 hp diesel, it's got a bit of punch.
The Baleno is apparently classed as a premium small car in India, where it quickly overthrew the Hyundai Elite i20 after its launch. Now the RS model hopes to add a bit of pizzazz to the mix.
It takes a page out of the "How to make a Clio GT" book, with subtle cosmetic enhancements and cool paint. We're not particularly excited about the CVT gearbox option, but India has much lower standards. For example, the Fiat Punto Abarth sold there has only 145 horsepower.
While most European hot hatchbacks have a fake air diffuser around the back, the Baleno RS concept sits high off the ground.
Looking almost ready for production, the interior of the concept features sports seats and aluminum pedals. Suzuki has also added DRLs, projector headlamps, chrome finish and 16-inch alloys on the outside.
When launched, the Baleno GT will compete against the Abarth Punto, Honda Jazz RS and Volkswagen Polo GT.