Maruti Suzuki us putting together a challenger to combat the might of the Hyundai i20 Elite and the Volkswagen Polo GT B+ segment hatchbacks. Code-named the YRA, the premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has been spotted testing on a few occasions. Today, we have live images of the car in question, showing design cues all around.
From the looks of it, the YRA will be the largest hatchback on sale in Maruti Suzuki’s range sold in India. A long wheelbase and ample proportions mean that the YRA will sit above the best selling Swift hatchback in terms of price and positioning. The car will feature design cues that are similar to those seen on Swift and Dzire’s front end. The rear will be completely unique, with an sloping hatch lid.
In terms of interiors, the car will feature new cues. The instrument cluster and the center console revealed through the spyshots, are two indicators of this direction. In terms of engines and transmissions, Maruti Suzuki could use the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motors, along with manual and automatic gearbox options.
The YRA hatchback will be a global model, selling not just in India but across markets in both developed and the developing world. Larger engines are likely to make it to the European and other developed markets, considering the car’s global flavour. In due course of time, Suzuki’s homegrown range of turbo petrol and turbo diesel motors could make the cut into the YRA hatchback.
As far as the Indian car market is concerned, a focus on high localization leading to a competitive price tag is what Maruti Suzuki would be keenly looking at. The YRA will be launched in India next year, and is one of Maruti Suzuki’s important launches. Maruti Suzuki is steadily moving up the ladder in terms of the premium-ness its cars exude. The Ciaz sedan was the start, and the YRA hatchback seems poised to carry forward this approach.