The Maruti Suzuki YRA will announce the entry of Maruti Suzuki’s first offering in the B+ premium hatchback arena. Until now, the Swift and Ritz have been the two B+ segment offerings from Maruti Suzuki, which have been facing increasing competition from feature and performance loaded hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Polo GT twins. Maruti Suzuki now wants to be the king of the B+ premium hatchback segment, after conquering the B+ segment with the Swift. The YRA hatchback is Maruti Suzuki’s weapon for B+ premium segment supremacy. While the YRA hatchback has been caught on test quite a few times, recent spyshots reveal Maruti Suzuki badging on the car.
One must remember that the YRA is a codename for the premium hatch from Maruti Suzuki. Since the test mules do not feature a name badge, we’re not quite sure of the actual name of the YRA codenamed hatchback. The YRA will shed 90 kgs when compared to the Swift and will be slotted above it. It is expected to break cover in the first half of 2015 and could go on sale in the third or fourth quarter of 2015. Both petrol and diesel engined versions will be sold in India. We are betting on the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engines for the car.
Since the YRA is a global hatchback that will wear the Suzuki badge in markets abroad, we expect it to also get a 1 liter turbocharged petrol engine option, which may be omitted for India due to cost concerns. The YRA will be longer than the Swift and will also get a longer wheelbase to liberate more space on the inside. The feature set of the YRA is also expected to be much larger than what is offered on the Swift and Dzire models as the new Maruti hatchback has competition from well equipped cars like the Hyundai i20 Elite and the Volkswagen Polo GT twins.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi