Maruti YRA (codename) has recently started testing on public roads in India. While the previous test mule was fully disguised, new spyshots have emerged, revealing the car fully. Save for black tapes on the headlamps, taillights and badges, rest of the prototype is devoid of visual decoys.
The final production version is a mildly watered down version of the concept. With a shape that strikes a fine balance between a hatchback and a station wagon, YRA is characterized by a smooth flowing waistline, tapered C-pillar and simple sheet metal design. The front fascia with a chrome underlined trough shaped grille and peeled back headlamps oozes certain familiarity.
Maruti has been managing to keep the interior of its upcoming offering away from prying lenses but we suspect there will be several bits borrowed from Swift. That said, upmarket features like Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, multiple airbags and reverse parking sensors would be on board.
Based on Suzuki’s next gen lightweight platform, YRA will debut the 1.0-litre three-cylinder BoosterJet direct injection turbocharged petrol. The motor is expected to be a tech-laden derivative of the K10B petrol motor that is used in Maruti small cars. The Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine in its 90 PS guise would also be offered. Like the latest Marutis, a high fuel economy will be one of YRA’s strong suits.
Launch is expected towards the end of 2015 or early 2016. Competition would come from Hyundai Elite i20, soon-to-be-launched new Honda Jazz, Fiat Punto Evo and VW Polo.