Maruti is silently working on new premium segment hatchback Codenamed YRA which will take on range of cars in the segment especially against Hyundai Elite i20 that is creating more than decent sales figures for Hyundai. YRA hatchback will be placed above Swift and Maruti might showcase YRA hatchback at various upcoming major auto Expo and will launch it in the mid of 2015 or early next year.
As far as design is concerned front looks like Swift except the U shaped chrome line at the front but headlights is almost same as Swift while side profile gets 5 Spoke alloy wheels, chrome doo handles. Rear side of YRA hatchback looks very different from all the Maruti cars till date with LED tail lamps, single rear wiper, lip spoiler on broad boot lid and defogger rear side looks like an Old generation Fiat Palio.
YRA interiors look premium like 7 Inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated GPS, blue ambient lighting, all black dashboard, chrome surrounded newly designed A/C vents, three spoke steering with mounted controls, climate control and all power windows. Apart from that YRA will get ABS, keyless entry, EBD, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors, cruise control and electrically adjusted ORVM’s.
YRA hatchback come under 4m in length so it will feature in 1.2L K series Petrol engine to capitalize on low tax bracket which might produce 110bhp power mated to a five speed manual transmission or a Five speed AT. It is also speculated that Maruti’s YRA hatchback could sport new 1.0L turbocharged engine under the bonnet. The Diesel YRA might be equipped with 1.3L fiat sourced DDis engine for India but internationally YRA will get 1.4L petrol motor.
YRA will be placed above Swift as we said and USP of YRA over swift will be feature richness, Boot and cabin space. Exterior appearance doesn’t look pleasing as its chief rival Elite i20 and it will be tuff road ahead for Maruti to beat gorgeous looking i20.
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