Maruti’s upcoming premium crusade, which began with the Ciaz mid-size sedan and will continue with the S-Cross crossover, will get another boost with the YRA hatchback. The company plans to place the new car above the Swift, which is the second largest selling hatchback in the country.
Maruti feels that they have space for a more premium offering (than Swift) which could directly level scores with Hyundai’s i20 and the higher variants of Polo and others.
Against some international spy pics earlier, Autocar has posted a world scoop of the car from somewhere in India. The test mule in the pics is uncamouflaged and we can clearly see how will it look from the front along with its body proportions.
Sadly though, the excitement levels do seem to go down by what we see. The YRA appears to be a grown up Swift and Maruti has played it real safe with the design which can be classified as “expected” and is clearly a typical Suzuki!
The headlamp cluster, will, all the time remind you of the Swift! The test mule which was spotted in Europe earlier in September had a blackened head lamp cluster, whereas this Indian test mule seems to get a more traditional chrome treatment.
One more question. Where have the indicator integration on the ORVMs gone and why do the wheels seem so tiny? That too steel wheels! The car looks large with bigger doors and should have much better interior space than Swift and possibly new i20 as well. The chrome bucket-lining at the front grille doesn’t appear to be too pleasing and there is the presence of LED DRLs upfront, which may be standard across the line-up!
Enginewise, YRA is expected to get 1.2L & 1.4L petrol engines from Swift and Ciaz respectively and the diesel will definitely be the 1.3L DDIS which does duty on all the Maruti’s diesel cars currently, however, it should be available in the VGT 90PS version. Global launch is scheduled for sometime next year which is when we should also be getting the car in India.