Speculations going round the market that Indian automobile giant, MSIL will soon be launching its premium hatchback version, Maruti YRA in the country. Some of the auto portals have also posted images of this upcoming hatch, which adds fuel to the speculations. However, there is still no information from the manufacturer regarding the official launch date or regarding the features of this upcoming model. It is most likely that this automobile firm will be launching this premium hatchback anytime by the end of this year. At the same time, one can also expect that it will be made available with both petrol and diesel engine options, which provides more options to the buyers. Many of the experts believe that the petrol variants of this vehicle will be powered by a newly developed 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine. They are also expecting that the diesel versions might get the same 1.3-litre mill, which is currently powering few other MSIL models. However, the manufacturer is currently on a verge to introduce its indigenously developed 1.5-litre diesel mill, which may also power this YRA hatchback. Apart from engine technicalities, its braking mechanism is expected to comprise of disc and drum combination, which is most commonly used system in this segment. This upcoming hatchback has a sleek yet curvaceous, as we can see through the images posted by few online auto portals. Like Swift models, this vehicle gets its A and B pillars with black sash tape that renders it a trendy appeal. It also has the same headlight cluster, which are most likely to be powered by halogen based headlamps. However, the radiator grille has an attractive V shape design with chrome underline that adds to its majestic appeal. The images also shows that the door handles gets chrome treatment that further enhances the class of this hatchback.
As far as interiors are concern, this vehicle is expected to look much more premium and trendier than the rest of Maruti models. However, according to some of the images, its dashboard gets the signature three spoke multi-functional steering wheel, which can also be seen in Ciaz and Swift Dzire sedans. In terms of features, we can expect it to get all the standard comfort aspects including an air conditioning system along with driver's seat height adjuster, parking assistance package and few other such functions. Coming to the safety features, this series is expected to get essential aspects like anti lock braking system, dual front airbags, engine immobilizer device and several other important features. Since it is the premium hatchback, the manufacturer will give utmost importance to the safety by building it with high strength body structure with impact protection beams and crumple zones to enhance the protection of its occupants. However, we still need to wait until the manufacturer announces its official details to the automobile world. It is most likely that this premium hatch will arrive in this year but the exact date and month will be known only after the company's announcement.
Like mentioned above, this vehicle has a very sleek yet curvaceous body design that will certainly grab the attention of buyers in first instance. It looks completely different from all the Maruti Suzuki models owing to its perforated radiator grille, which has a V shape. Furthermore, it has chrome underlining along with the company's insignia that renders a majestic appeal to its frontage. Surrounding this is the large headlight cluster that are borrowed from Swift hatchback and sedan models. This vehicle has a body colored front bumper that has conventional design with smaller air intake section along with a pair of fog lamps that adds to its decent appeal. Its side provide looks extremely sleek with well molded fender and expressive window frames. Its top end versions will certainly feature alloy wheels as standard, but its base and mid range might feature steel rims. This vehicle also has an attractive rear facet with slanting backward windscreen along with distinctly designed taillight cluster. It further has elegant lighting patter that gives it a modernistic appeal.
Considering the demand in the Indian hatchback segment, the manufacturer may introduce this yet to be launched vehicle in the sub 4-meter segment. At the same time, it may have a wheelbase of more than 2.5 meters and a ground clearance of above 160mm.
There are very few exclusive images available in the Internet world that gives a slight glimpse about its cockpit section. It is expected to be in a black color scheme featuring brushed metallic accents. It has a three spoke that is mounted with multi-functional switches. Hence, we can expect that its dashboard might host an array of advanced equipments like a CD player, radio tuner and connectivity for Bluetooth devices. On the other hand, its seating expected to be spacious with its driver's seating featuring height adjustment function. At the same time, we can also expect for split folding rear seats for enhancing the boot capacity.
Coming to the interior comforts, this yet to be launched vehicle is expected to arrive in several trim levels that determines their features. Its base trims will feature standard aspects including power assisted steering, power windows, cup holders, dual front sun visors and accessory power sockets. While its mid range variants will feature aspects including an air conditioning unit along with driver's seat height adjuster, split folding rear seat, along with several other such aspects. On the other hand, its top end trims might feature parking sensors, an advanced infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel along with other such aspects.
At present, there is no information relating to the interior dimensions of this vehicle, but we can expect it to have a total boot volume of about 280-litres.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
It is too early to speculate about the acceleration and pickup of the engines, which are currently under development. This yet to be launched vehicle is also expected to be available with 1.3-litre engine, which is capable of braking the 100 Kmph mark in 13 seconds and can go up to a top speed of approximately 160 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
Its petrol variants are most likely to house a 1.0-litre engine, which is currently under development. This is a three cylinder mill that is expected to produce a peak power of 67bhp and might yield 90Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, its diesel versions are rumored to get a newly developed 1.5-litre diesel mill. This will be a 4-cylinder mill and it might produce a power of approximately 100bhp along with a torque of 200Nm or above. On the other hand, as per the rumors, the manufacturer may also offer the highly acclaimed 1.3-litre diesel engine option that is capable of delivering a peak power of 88bhp along with a pounding torque of 200Nm. All these engines will most likely be coupled with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. At the same time, we can also expect for the AMT transmission option for the petrol variants.
Many experts believe that the automaker will be launching this vehicle with newly developed 1.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. These are expected to be the most fuel efficient in its class. Its petrol trim may deliver a maximum mileage of approximately 25 Kmpl, while the diesel version may return a maximum of 26 Kmpl, which would be impressive. On the other hand, speculations also suggest that the MSIL may also borrow the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine from Ciaz sedan, which is capable of returning a maximum mileage of 26.6 Kmpl.
Power of Maruti YRA
There are some rumors going round the segment that the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder motor is capable of delivering a maximum power of approximately 67bhp, while generating a maximum torque of 90Nm, which is not so bad. However, there is no information about its 1.5-litre diesel mill, but it is expected to produce 100bhp of power and 200Nm of hammering torque. On the other hand, this vehicle may also get a 1.3-litre diesel engine option that is capable of unleashing 88bhp along with a peak torque of 200Nm.
Braking & Handling
This is the most important aspect for any four-wheeler and this Maruti YRA hatchback will get the ventilated disc and drum braking mechanism as standard across all its variants. Furthermore, it’s mid and top end variants are expected to get ABS and EBD, which will help to improve this mechanism. In terms of suspension, its front axle will be getting McPherson strut and the rear one might feature torsion beam suspension, which is the most commonly used mechanism.
Safety & Security
This yet to be launched vehicle, like any other hatchback, is going to come with all the important protective aspects that improve the on-road safety. Some of the standard features like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, side impact protection beams, and crumple zones are going to be available as standard in the top end variants. At the same time, aspects like three point ELR seat belts, engine immobilizer, parking sensors, door ajar warning light and other such features are also expected to make it to the final list.
In terms of wheel options, considering the current trend, we can expect that all its variants might feature 15 alloy wheels as standard. However, it is too early to speculate in this regard, as the details are not yet released.
1. External appearance seems to be good.
2. Interiors and comfort features are expected to be at par with others.
1. Ground clearance seems to be low.
2. Head room may not be as good as other hatchbacks.
Maruti YRA price