Maruti Suzuki, the largest car maker of India, has been struggling with low sales and lack of demand from quite some time. Though it is not a big issue considering the ongoing market slowdown, Maruti has been struggling with sales in absence of new cost effective models. There are several new strategies that Maruti has been working on with intent to maintain its sales number and keep up with changing market trends. Apart from bringing in new versions of its existing cars, Maruti is also looking into replacing some of its old models with new ones. SX4 despite being a potent option hasn’t been performing well from quite some time.
Maruti Suzuki recently announced a new luxury sedan that will be entering Indian market in 2014. Codenamed as YL1, this sedan will be replacing SX4 sedan. Though, Maruti YL1 launch date in India is yet to be announced but it is expected that the car will be touching floors in FY2014-15. YL1 shares its basic platform with Maruti’s famous MPV Ertiga and will be carrying the same 1.3-litre Multijet diesel or 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine under its hood. Some of the major noteworthy features that have been reported for this car are keyless entry, puddle lamps, leather seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, and push button start.
The car might be supported by an aggressive pricing strategy which will be permitted by platform sharing and component sharing with existing models. It is being said that the interiors of this car will be very much similar to Ertiga and will be lade with all standard features like Bluetooth, AC with climate control, and leather seats in top end version, ABS, EBD, two airbags, steering mounted audio controls, chilled glove box, and door pockets.
The power mills of the car will be mating with a 5-speed manual gearbox in base end and mid end models, while the top end model will be laced with automatic transmission. Along with a petrol and diesel version, the domestic car maker is also planning to bring-in a CNG version of this car.
More details about the car are expected to be revealed at the 2014 Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki SX4 present price range varies between Rs.7.32 lakhs to Rs.9.85 lakhs, so the price range of YL1 can be expected somewhat around it. The sedan entered market way back in 2007 but failed to make a mark in market like its other siblings. Hopefully the new replacement of this car will be able to overcome its failure.