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Maruti YRA: The car that will take on Hyundai's Elite i20

Last updated on: November 18, 2014 09:00 IST
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Image: Suzuki Concept car iV-4 (The image is for representation purpose only).
Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Suzuki Motors

MotorOctane gets you a global exclusive- Suzuki YRA! We get you the images of the Maruti Suzuki YRA’s front, rear, side and even the boot.

Suzuki has been testing the new YRA, its new premium hatchback that will be placed above the Swift and will compete with the likes of new Hyundai Elite i20.

The Maruti Suzuki YRA will come with the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine options. For European spec car, it will get the 1.4-litre petrol engine as well.

The YRA will be placed above the Swift or may even replace the Swift and will be Suzuki’s next premium hatchback.

The front styling is derived from the Swift, especially the headlamp design. However the Suzuki YRA’s front grille does remind us of the Nissan Sunny.

 

The wing mirrors are placed on the waistline rather than the conventional A-pillar and these come with side indicators. The glass area is shallow to give it a more aggressive styling. The windshield angle is also steep for better aerodynamics.

The side profile of the YRA is very European in design. We have got images of the high-spec and low-spec variants and the higher spec has chrome grab door handles, rear wiper and de-fogger and five-spoke alloy wheels.

In the lower-spec car the tyre size is smaller and even there is no defogger. The door pillars are blacked-out to give it a floating-roof design.

The rear bumper is large and the boot opens like a hatch. We have an image of the open boot too and it clearly looks large with possibility one of the largest boot spaces, when it comes to the premium hatchback segment.

 

There is an integrated rear spoiler probably on all the variants as even the base model has it. The tail lamp also looks stylish while the rear and the rear three-quarter look somewhat like the Volkswagen Polo.

The Maruti Suzuki YRA should be a sub 4-metre vehicle. Even the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines will avail the duty cut.

We do not have images of the complete dashboard, but we do share a glimpse of the centre console.

The dashboard has a black colour, possibility to give it a sportier look, just like the Swift. There is a new music system with vertical air-con vents. Between these vents is the music system screen. The air-con switches are placed neatly. This infotainment system will ideally be a touch-screen as there are fairly limited buttons.

There isn’t much gap in the pricing of the Swift and i20, so possibly this could be the next Swift or the Maruti Suzuki YRA could be placed above the Swift.

 

This will be a new premium hatchback from Suzuki for European and Indian market. Suzuki products have always been feature-loaded and aggressive in pricing.

It is clear that Maruti Suzuki is all ready with its next generation products to extend its existing lead and market share. The instrument cluster too has twin dials with a driver information system.

At the moment, the Suzuki YRA is doing test rounds and four test mules had come to India to meet the Indian requirement tests too. No official name has been given to the YRA, but we can see several changes in the YRA when compared to the current range of Suzuki products. The Suzuki YRA will be showcased sometime in 2015 at one of the global motor shows.

Hyundai has just introduced its new Elite i20, a couple of months ago and the Korean manufacturer has been achieving record sales in India and good traction in the European market too.

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