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Maruti YBA compact SUV spied once again; launch in early 2016

Mauti YBA compact SUV spied side

Maruti YBA could be retailed exclusively through the Nexa outlets.

The Maruti YBA compact SUV (speculated to be called as Brezza) has been caught testing once again in India. Though the prototype is heavily disguised, we can see that it is sporting production ready body panels.

The sub-4 metre compact crossover is Maruti’s answer to the Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. The car was first previewed by the XA Alpha concept back in 2012 but the final design appears to have been inspired by the Suzuki iV-4 concept which gave birth to the new Vitara. The mini SUV could even borrow the iV-4 nameplate when it goes on sale in India early next year.

Unlike the S-Cross which looks more like a grown up hatchback rather than an SUV, the YBA adopts a bold front fascia, tall stance, high waistline, thick C-pillar and wraparound taillights that extend into the tailgate. Five twin spoke alloy wheels and roof-mounted rear spoiler add a touch of sportiness to the crossover. The platform is closely related to that of the popular Swift.

Interior is expected to derive several components like steering wheel, gearknob and instrument console from its stablemates. Expect the higher variants to offer features like front airbags, ABS with EBD, SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, etc.

Powertrain lineup would comprise familiar candidates like 1.2- and 1.4-litre K-Series petrol motors in addition to the 1.3-litre diesel motor. While 5-MT will be the standard transmission option, the range-topping petrol variant could offer CVT.

Expect Maruti to come up with a competitive pricing for the YBA compact SUV.

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