Maruti YBA mini SUV starts testing on public roads

First ever spyshot of Maruti YBA mini SUV prototype on public roads has emerged, hinting that the vehicle has progressed to next phase in its development process. The fully disguised test mule appears to be sporting production ready body panels.

Maruti YBA mini SUV spyshot
YBA mini SUV is expected to be ready for an Auto Expo 2016 premiere.

While we get a fair idea of its stance in real world conditions, the finer details of design like headlights, taillights, character lines, etc., are still under wraps. With dimensions in the ballpark of its primary rival, YBA will take advantage of the hefty excise duty concession to arrive at an attractive price point.

Likely to be based on Suzuki’s new global small car platform which will debut in YRA premium hatchback, Maruti’s mini SUV is also likely to inherit its engine options from its sibling. Petrol engine is expected to be the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged BoosterJet unit whose specifications are yet to be disclosed. The familiar 1.3-litre DDiS (Fiat MultiJet) mill in its 90 PS avatar would be the diesel engine of choice.

Maruti-YBA-rendering tailgate mounted spare wheel
The crossover derives its styling cues from Suzuki iV-4 concept. (Sketch courtesy:

The compact crossover will be looking to lure premium hatchback buyers with its promise of better road presence and higher ground clearance. Maruti is expected to unveil YBA mini SUV at Auto Expo 2016 in February and it is estimated to have a price range of INR 6-8 lakhs (ex-showroom).

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