Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming Y9T Light Commercial Vehicle might be a game changer for the company. While Maruti already rules the passenger car segment in India, the Y9T will be their first attempt to venture into the commercial vehicle territory.
We have shared with you the exclusive first spy shots of the Y9T on the road back in April but this is for the first time, Y9T’s actual body design is revealed by these body shell spyshots taken by Gaadiwadi.com.
The cabin draws heavy cues from our Indian Omni and has a stark resemblance with Suzuki Ravi, a petrol based LCV Suzuki already sells in Pakistan. There is also a section of the media which believes that Y9T will have a design inspired from the Suzuki Carry. Well, that would not be entirely wrong to say as Suzuki Ravi and the Maruti Omni have evolved from Carry!
The cabin seems to be spacious and the large windscreen shall provide ample visibility. The storage space though is still questionable as the loading bay seems to be pretty small. Maruti still has a some time to figure out things and hopefully the finished product will be a valuable addition to the Indian LCV category.
While there may be a constant debate about the body shell, the vehicle’s heart will be Suzuki’s first indigenously developed 800cc diesel mill. Maruti even has plans to offer a CNG version in the future. This engine will also be used in the upcoming Celerio diesel, for which we have exclusively busted its power and efficiency figures.
The Y9T should ideally hit the streets by early 2015. We are not sure about the preparedness of the commercial vehicle but we definitely do have clear hints that Maruti is battling with high NVH levels on the 0.8L two cylinder diesel engine.