Maruti Suzuki is preparing all new premium hatchback codenamed as YRA, which is expected to launch globally next year. The new model will be positioned above the Swift and will compete face-to-face with the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Honda Jazz. Maruti YRA has been spied testing in its production version, which gives us a glance of the styling.
From the picture, it looks like the parent company, Suzuki has played it safe with the YRA’s styling and has continued with the family-look first seen on the Swift. The YRA is expected to be much wider than the Swift. The headlamps are placed at the far corners and the front bumper has a typical Swift family setup of fog lamps.
Along with a wide air-intake inlet, the YRA gets tiny LED DRLs. This would be the first time Maruti could be providing standard daytime-running lights in India. The side profile gets rising crease lines and door mounted wing mirrors, which are derived from the Suzuki S-Cross. The testing car seen here is fitted with smaller steel wheels and ORVMs don’t get integrated blinkers.
The YRA is expected to use the same Ciaz's 1.4 litre petrol and 1.3 litre 90 PS diesel engines, but only in the base variants. The more expensive variants of the YRA could utilize the new 1.5 litre diesel engine, and the reported 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which Suzuki has been developing lately.
The kind of interior space YRA is speaking about, it will have no direct rival, albeit the soon to be launched Honda Jazz. The YRA could be expected in showrooms at the end of 2015, or by early 2016.
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