MSIL doesn’t really have a rival to the likes of Polo GT and Abarth Punto. The 100 hp Baleno RS is not really a “hot hatch” compared to the aforementioned two, which is why MSIL simply calls it “RS” because it knows that the “hot hatch” is just too much for a 100 hp car.
But, the parent Suzuki does have one. The Swift Sport sold in the international markets is a true hot hatch. Its third generation was unveiled not too long ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Swift Sport is powered by a new 1.4-litre 4-cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol, producing 103 kW (138 hp) @ 5500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque @ 2500 – 3500 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed manual which a lot of enthusiasts will appreciate.
Suspension will be stiffer compared to the regular Swift. More here.
At the moment, we aren’t sure if the Swift Sport will be sold via Maruti Suzuki ARENA or NEXA outlets.