Maruti Suzuki’s i20 Elite Challenger Revealed – Spyshots & Render

The Maruti Suzuki YRA premium hatchback has been spotted uncamouflaged on Indian roads, months ahead of its launch here. The YRA was showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, as the iK-2 concept. In India, the car will be launched as a competitor of the Hyundai i2o Elite and the Honda Jazz, in the country’s B+ premium hatchback segment. A beautiful render of the car, which really brings out the styling elements in full force, has surfaced onto the interweb.

Maruti Suzuki’s i20 Elite Challenger Revealed – Spyshots & Render

[Render courtesy AlVolante]

From the front, the YRA looks similar to the Swift, what with its swept back headlamps, but has plenty of visual differences as the design progresses. The car will be longer than the Swift and is likely to be more luxurious too. The rear shows a muscular form factor with the haunches of the car made more prominent. Maruti Suzuki has begun playing the premium game with cars such as the Ciaz and the upcoming S-Cross. It’s only a matter of time before other big volume cars from the automaker begin getting a slew of features hitherto restricted to luxury makes.

For instance, a push button start, key less entry, textured dashboard finish with soft touch plastics, rear AC vents, Bluetooth in-car connectivity and a touch screen infotainment system are a few features likely to be standard on the top-end variants of the new Maruti premium hatchback. The YRA is a global car with a major chunk to be exported from India. In terms of engines, the 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol motor based on the K-Series unit and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel unit are likely to be offered globally.

[Spyshots courtesy Team-BHP]

In India too, petrol and diesel engine options would be offered, but whose exact specifications are yet to be known. While manual gearboxes will be standard fare, it remains to be seen if torque converter or automated manual transmission (AMT) automatics would be offered on the new car. The car will sit above the Swift in terms of price and positioning. A high level of localization is likely to result in competitive pricing, with prices to start from around 5 lakh rupees.