In a bold and rather desperate move, Maruti Suzuki has decided to discontinue the Baleno RS from India. Maruti has decided to take the RS down against upgrading its engine to meet the soon to come BS6 emission norms.
towards the end of the BS5 era, Maruti Suzuki is offering a massive discount of Rs. 1 lakh on the Baleno RS. With this massive discount, the Baleno RS is at with the Baleno Alpha MT, eventually making it the RS a much better option to go for.
However, the Maruti Suzuki has not confirmed about the discontinuation, but according to leading media sources, the carmaker has already managed to clear the remaining stocks for the Baleno RS.
With the discontinuation of the Baleno RS, the Polo GT TSI remains the sole domination entity to feature a turbocharged petrol engine. But things are about to take a spin as we can expect the third-gen i20 to feature the Venue’s 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Going forward, In the coming BS6 era, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno will only be offered with a naturally aspirated petrol engine only. Rumour also has it that the company might also discontinue the diesel variant from April 2020.
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The Baleno was initially based on the Baleno Alpha which turns out to be the standard variant. As a result, the Baleno RS came with features like auto AC, a 7-inch infotainment system, and auto LED headlamps. Much to our astonishment the RS also had safety features like dual airbags and ABS.
On the outside, it also supports a redesigned bumpers along with disc brakes on all four wheels. The Baleno Alpha comes equipped with a 1.0 turbo-petrol engine was rated at 102PS and 150 Nm and was mated to a 5-speed manual.