Its now known that the YL1 sedan from Maruti-Suzuki is touted to be the replacement for the SX4 sedan. It could be en route to an unveiling at the 2014 Auto Expo, and then the launch during the second half of year 2014.
A couple of days back, the sedan has been busted by a series of spyshots by Team-BHP. The car looked edgier than the existing SX4, and one of the photos revealed that it would be equipped with projector headlamps.
We now have some new details flowing in, from Team-BHP again. It’s the interiors that has been scooped this time. Here are the eagle eyed observations noticed:
- The snaps suggest that the YL1 will share bits and pieces of its dashboard with siblings Swift and Ertiga.
- The interiors are painted in beige and black, and there’s a wood insert placed across for a more premium look and feel.
- The higher trims of the YL1 will run astride on 16 inch alloys clad with 195 section rubber.
- The higher trims will also feature chrome door handles and window sills as standard.
- YL1 could receive a factory fitted stereo system equipped with Bluetooth.
- Also featured will be an automatic climate control module, with rear AC vents as standard.
- Also noticeable are the additions like a sunglass holder, a height adjustable steering and a dead pedal.
- It is being said that the top variant of the YL1 will get safety features like ABS+EBD and twin airbags.
- Importantly, we also hear that the YL1 could be a hundred kilograms lighter than the existing and equivalent variants of the SX4.
Team-BHP had earlier speculated that the YL1 could be powered by the smaller 1.4 Litre, K-Series Petrol engine as well as the 1.3 Litre, Fiat Multijet Turbo Diesel engine in the form of another choice. The petrol powerplant on the Ertiga currently churns out max power and torque of 94 Bhp and 130 Nm respectively.
Similarly, the diesel mill is expected to run a similar tune with peak figures of 90Bhp and 200Nm. Since the 1.4 L, K-Series petrol unit is a tad underpowered as compared to the current 1.6 L VVT powerplant of the SX4, lower weight will help a lot.
It still remains to be seen if Maruti-Suzuki can gain a better say in the C-segment proceedings with the advent of the YL1. Meanwhile, Fiat is also preparing their attack at the C-segment, the new 2014 Fiat Linea which will debut the 1.6L Multijet diesel engine in India.
Will these two under performers of the segment become any threat to the Verna and/or Next-Gen City?