The YRA will be Maruti’s first premium hatchback that will rival the Hyundai Elite i20 and upcoming Honda Jazz. It will be the longest, widest and lightest vehicle in the segment.
In the size conscious Indian market, the premium hatchback space has managed to redefine a few rules with the segment dominated by the Hyundai Elite i20 at present. However, making a debut in this space later this year will be the hatchback king Maruti Suzuki with the YRA (codename). With a possibility to be called the ‘Fronx’ (concept name is iK-2) upon launch, the premium hatchback was recently caught testing in a partially camouflaged avatar (left hand drive), revealing a great deal on the upcoming model.
To be positioned above the Maruti Swift in the automaker’s lineup, the Maruti YRA will be the longest and widest hatchback in the segment, as evident in the images. The front fascia gets U-shaped chrome lining on the grille while the sweptback headlights will feature projector lamps and LED DRLs. The YRA gets a long roofline sloping at the back and large doors that will aid in easy ingress and egress. The cabin space is expected to be the best-in-class and tuned to aid maximum comfort.
The rear sports an integrated roof spoiler with a centre stop light, LED tail light and bumper integrated reflectors. Also visible on the Maruti YRA is the reasonable use of chrome visible on the doors, window line and tailgate. The premium hatchback also gets 16-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the YRA will come loaded with features including a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, rear parking camera, parking sensors, keyless entry, start-stop button, steering mounted controls and a lot more.
Component sharing with other Maruti models is possible. In terms of powertrain, the 2015 Maruti YRA will be available with the all-new 1.0-litre dual-jet Booster engine and the tried and tested 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor. The former is expected to return around 23 km/l but won’t be offered immediately. Diesel power on the other hand will come from the 1.3-litre DDiS mill with 90 PS of power and is likely to return close to 27.8 km/l of fuel efficiency. The YRA will make its global debut in India in September this year with exports expected to commence around the same time.
Source – Gaadiwaadi.com