Maruti XA Alpha
The most selling car brand in India is yet to enter the compact SUV segment and the hopes of they entering the compact SUV segment lies with a concept car displayed at the Auto Expo 2012, named as XA Alpha, many believe that the production version of this car will break the curtains this year.
The XA Alpha would compete the most successful model from the Ford stable, the EcoSport. The crossover from Maruti, which was on the display on the first day of last Auto Expo attracted many visitors towards it and since then, rumor-mills since then have worked for extended hours to figure out when the compact SUV carrying the Suzuki brand will come out in the market. But now, it seems that Maruti will bring the production model of the XA Alpha to light.
The XA Alpha looks meaty with big muscular grille and carved out design of the bumpers. The rear demands more attention but in all, the XA Alpha would prove to be a good attraction point for the Indian market.
Another hot attraction from the Expo of 2012, the YL1 is expected to be showcased in production version during this Auto Expo. Maruti YL1 has already been caught testing on the Indian roads, which means that Maruti is working on it, and the same is expected in the market during this Expo.
The YL1 will replace the once popular SX4 in India. Unlike SX4, which is derived from the Crossover model, the YL1 is built to be a sedan, which means, it will have lower ground clearance with some nice looking contours on the body. The SX4, which is always advertised as “male”, will be replaced by the YL1, which has more testosterone than the SX4.
The concept YL1 showcased at the Auto Expo feature a large chrome grille with big headlamps, and LED Daytime Running Lamps. The front fascia looks very strong with the air-intake in the middle of the front fog lamps. On the rear, the YL1 features nice stretched tail-lamps on a clean looking boot-lid. Interiors are expected to be as elegant as the exteriors in the production model.
Maruti Suzuki YL1 is expected to get power from the 1.6 liter petrol mill and Fiat sourced 1.3 liter diesel engine, although the diesel engine could also beat the name of Suzuki, with the company rumored to develop an in-house 1.5 liter diesel for powering the XA Alpha.