The Geneva Motor Show will kick off in early March 2015, and will be an event where top automakers show off their wares. Japanese automaker Suzuki has lined up two interesting concepts for Geneva, with equally interesting codenamed. One concept, code-named the iM-4 previews a sub-4 meter compact SUV while the other, code-named the iK-2 previews a premium hatchback to be positioned above the Swift.
Putting two and two together, it’s easy to surmise that the concepts teased are that of the YBA codenamed compact SUV and the YRA codenamed premium hatchback that Maruti Suzuki has lined up for India. The profiles of both the concepts, as revealed by their respective teasers, are very similar to the test mules and leaked images of the YBA and YRA.
Of these cars, the iK-2 concept, highly likely to be the YRA’s big preview, is expected to arrive into India in production guise by this year’s festive season. The IM-4 compact SUV on the other hand, will hit the Indian market in 2016, as Maruti Suzuki’s debut into the segment that hosts competitors such as the Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra U301 Bolero.
Both cars are expected to use the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines. The 1.5 liter turbo diesel motor, a downsized version of the 1.6 liter Fiat Multijet unit has been speculated to find its way into the YBA compact SUV. Front wheel drive layouts, manual transmissions and monocoque structures will be standard, with the petrol powered models expected to feature an automatic gearbox option.
The iM-4 concept will also pack in a four wheel drive system, underscoring its butch appeal. However, it remains to be seen whether this vehicle’s production version will continue being offered with the 4WD mechanism that the concept previews. A starting price tag that’s under 7 lakh rupees is likely for this sub-4 meter offering, which holds plenty of promise for its maker.
Talking hatchbacks, the iK-2 will square off against the Hyundai i20 Elite and the upcoming Honda Jazz. The car will Maruti Suzuki’s maiden entry in the premium hatchback segment, an area that is scaling up rapidly in terms of the number of choices on offer. Generous equipment and premium quality levels are expected from this hatchback, which will be Maruti Suzuki’s most expensive ever in India.