Maruti is working on a global hatchback, codenamed YRA, which it intends to launch by the second half of 2015. Recently, Autocar magazine was successful in clicking the front fascia of this premium hatchback and now our friends at Motor Octane have captured the interiors as well as exteriors of the YRA hatchback in a totally undisguised avatar. The spied car in the images is a left-hand-drive car which seems to be imported from Europe for R&D purposes.
Going by the spy-shots, the YRA seems to be adorning Swift's design language as several similar elements such as sweptback headlamps, V-shaped honeycomb font grille, front bumper with large air dam and conventional fog lamps are present in the hatchback. The chrome grille and vertical daytime running lights, which were spotted in the earlier image of Autocar, are not visible in the images here. Coming at the side profile, the Outside Rear View Mirror's (ORVMs) with integrated turn indicators have been placed on the hatchback's door instead of the A-pillar. The YRA hatchback also flaunts chrome door handles; but surprisingly, it isn't featuring alloys as steel wheels are visible in the spy images. But, 5-spoke alloy wheels would be on offer with the hatchback's upper trims.
Talking about the rear profile of the YRA hatch, it reminds of the current Volkswagen Polo. The rear bumper holds the number plate and reflectors at the extreme ends. Also, there is a rear wiper with spoiler due to the premium nature of the hatch with a larger boot. Inside the cabin, the YRA hatchback boasts an all black dashboard with silver accents. The instrument cluster of the hatchback comprises of two dials and a multi-information display. The centre console has an updated infotainment system which is flanked by vertical A/C vents on the sides. The A/C and infotainment controls show a fresh design language.
The engine options of the YRA hatchback are still unclear but it almost certain that Maruti would present it in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. There are rumors that it might come with a 1.0L turbocharged petrol motor and 1.2L petrol mill. It is also been widely speculated that it may borrow its engines in both fuel trims from the Ciaz sedan, hence in-housing a 1.4L petrol motor and 1.3L diesel motor. Maruti YRA hatchback would be placed in the B+ segment of cars in India and it will directly take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto EVO and Honda Jazz.