Indian auto giant Maruti Suzuki will be launching the YBA compact SUV by the end of this year and it will compete largely with the Ford EcoSport.

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The Maruti Vitara Brezza will get the same 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine

Maruti Suzuki will be launching its new compact SUV, the YBA by the end of 2015 according to company reports. The YBA is based on the XA-Alpha concept that was displayed way back at the 2012 Auto Expo and the vehicle will most likely be called the Vitara Brezza. The YBA was going to be powered by a new 1.5-litre diesel engine developed in-house by Maruti but the engine’s launch has been delayed by two years and hence the automaker will be plonking the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine in the Vitara Brezza.

The Vitara Brezza has a boxy silhouette but the company’s designers have added sporty elements to make sure that the SUV doesn’t look bland. The vehicle is unlikely to get a petrol engine and it will be offered with only one engine. However, there is a slight possibility of Maruti offering the 1.6-litre MultiJet engine as an option on the higher variants but nothing can be confirmed right now. The Maruti Vitara Brezza might be made available at the company’s NEXA dealerships only, giving company to the S-Cross and the much-awaited Baleno (YRA) premium hatchback.

The compact SUV segment has seen a flurry of new products over the past two years and manufacturers are introducing more and more vehicles in the coming years. Mahindra, Tata Motors, Maruti, Volkswagen, etc. all of them will be launching their products in this segment to make the most out of the rising demand for compact SUVs. The Maruti Vitara Brezza will be priced between Rs. 6.5-9.5 lakhs approximately and it is likely to give a tough time to the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.

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The vehicle has sporty styling and is likely to be priced very competitively