Here is the first ever, partially un-camouflaged image of the Maruti Suzuki YRA B+ segment hatchback. The car is due for a launch in India next year, as a premium offering that sits above the Swift in terms of price and positioning. The YRA will be Maruti Suzuki’s answer to the likes of competing premium hatchbacks in India, such as the Fiat Punto EVO 90 HP, the Hyundai i20 Elite and of course, the upcoming Honda Jazz. The spyshot of the YRA indicates that the car’s styling is similar to that of the Swift and Dzire, two best selling models in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio.
However, the YRA hatchback will be larger than the Swift in terms of external dimensions, which is expected to give it plenty of room on the interior. Taking cue from the Ciaz, the YRA is expected to be loaded with creature comforts and features. While Maruti Suzuki is tightlipped about the engines and transmissions on offer in the YRA, a sub-4 meter length for the hatchback would result in the car having to use a petrol engine with a 1.2 liter capacity cap and a diesel engine with a 1.5 liter capacity cap in order to qualify for a lower excise duty.
So, the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and the 1.3 liter Fiat turbo diesel motors could be inducted into the YRA. In terms of transmission options, five speed manual and 4 speed automatic gearboxes are likely to drive the front wheels of the car. Maruti Suzuki’s parent, Suzuki Motor Corporation, is working on a new crop of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, with varying capacities. These engines are meant to be shoehorned into various new cars in both Suzuki’s and Maruti Suzuki’s respective line ups. Once the new crop of petrol and diesel engines arrive, they are likely to make the cut into the YRA as well.
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