The first units of the upcoming premium-hatchback (codename – YRA, also called the Baleno) from the country’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, have rolled out of the assembly line. The hatchback is being assembled at Maruti’s plant in Manesar, Haryana and is expected to be launched in India soon after its global reveal at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show starting 15th September.
The YRA will join the S-Cross as the second product to be sold through the company’s premium Nexa showrooms. Expectedly, it will be priced to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and marketed as a premium hatch over the Swift. The Maruti Suzuki YRA could be priced in the Rs. 7-9 Lakh range, ex-showroom. The car will feature a host of equipment which will make it look and feel premium.
The Baleno is large, premium hatchback measuring over 4-metres in length, less than two-metres wide and 1.4-metres tall with a long 2.5-metre wheelbase. Suzuki had earlier revealed the YRA as the Baleno, but the car may be christened differently when it is launched in India. The YRA is also expected to look slightly different from the car that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Specifications of the YRA, in terms of engine-specs, transmission and chassis have not been revealed. What is known is that the YRA rides on an all-new platform which is more rigid and lightweight. It is expected that the diesel variant of the hatchback will be powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet engine. It is not confirmed if the petrol variants of the car will be offered in India though, internationally the car will debut the company’s new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol motor. While manual transmission will be the norm, there is a possibility that Maruti will offer an automatic transmission option with the YRA which could be an automated-manual ‘box.
More details about the Maruti Suzuki YRA hatchback are awaited.