Maruti’s entry into the premium league has another key player apart from the Ciaz and S-Cross and that will be their hatchback YRA which will sit over Swift and compete with the new i20 and others.

Frequent spyshots, some camouflaged and some not, have revealed how the car will look like. However, there is a big suspense over its engines – both petrol as well as diesel.

Petrol

When the first murmurs of the new YRA surfaced, it was speculated that the car may get a new K10C engine which is nothing but the current Maruti Suzuki’s 1.0L engine with a turbocharger! Some latest reports claim that it will continue with the 1.2L K-series petrol motor from Swift.

And in another recent report at Business Standard, it is claimed that YRA will come with the K10C turbocharged petrol engine. However, they say that initially this engine will be offered on the export YRAs and later on the Indian YRA will also come equipped with one.

So, if we have to decipher the current confusion, Maruti Suzuki may offer the YRA with the 1.2L engine from Swift at launch (with some power tweaks) and later on they may introduce the turbocharged K10C on the car for our market.

YRA iK-2

The diesel is also a question mark, but we have a hunch that YRA, at least initially, will come equipped with the same 1.3L DDIS diesel motor from Swift, most probably with VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) in 90hp guise.

For some reason, car manufacturers in India have been reluctant to introduce turbocharging in petrol mills in smaller cars. Apart from Volkswagen’s 1.2L TSI motor on the Polo, we only have Tata who has launched their Bolt with a turbocharged petrol mill in the B2 hatchback segment.

There are speculations that Ford also may decide against the 1.0L EcoBoost for their next-gen Figo and may continue with the 1.2L from the current Figo. (more details)

The YRA is set to be showcased in public for the first time at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.


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