Maruti Suzuki, the largest car maker in India, is launching a new sedan which will succeed the Maruti SX4. This car has been named as YL1 and will be launched in the second half of 2014. The car is using the Ertiga platform which basically is a modified Swift platform. The new sedan YL1 is borrows its designing from the Suzuki’s authentic S concept which was presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2013. The styling of YL1 is simple but the overall package is very neat and appealing.
This upcoming sedan is dimensionally similar to the Volkswagen Vento and is claiming to have the most spacious interior in its class. The car cabin is highly inspired by the Maruti Dzire with the top region of the dashboard showing black finishing and the lower portion shows beige finishing. The car’s rear shows a smaller floor hump which indicates that the 5th passenger will also have ample space.
The car on the outside gets heavily chromed grille and it seems like the head lights have been borrowed from the Mercedes Benz E class. The car is standing on all alloy wheels. It looks similar to the 16 spoke design as seen in the Kizashi. The top end variants of this sedan will have 16 inch alloy wheels with 195 section tires.
Talking about the steering wheel it seems to be borrowed from the Ertiga or Swift and shows same audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. A surprising element is that the steering wheel is completely black while the rest of the car interior is having dual tone beige finishing unlike Ertiga which shows a beige black dual toned steering wheel. There is also a second set of buttons which seems like a Bluetooth control for the mobile phones.
The power window switches as well the door handles have been borrowed from the lower end variants in the company’s line up. The car’s center console exhibits kind of a wood finishing on the top half of the dashboard. The car is also housing an automatic climate control and a music system. The new YL1 sedan shows a digital display which is not available with the current SX4.
This new Maruti sedan will be equipped with the same engine that is powering Ertiga. The car will therefore have Multijet diesel engine of 1.3 liter capacity. There will also be a K14M petrol engine of 1.4 liter engine. The diesel variant is capable of producing a power of 89 bhp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 200Nm. The petrol variant will churn out a power of 94 bhp and a maximum torque of 130 Nm. Both the variants will have a 5 speed manual transmission. The petrol variant may be launched with an automatic gearbox after the launch of the vehicle. The YL1 will have comparatively smaller wheels with a profile of 185/60/15 fixed on silver alloy wheels in the Z variants. Many of the interior designing elements come from the Ertiga. The car will also show electrically folding rear view mirrors.
The company is still working on this new sedan an it is expected that it will launched in the 2014 Auto Expo going to be held in the month of February. Keep tuned in till then for the latest info on YL1’s development.
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