A prototype of what could be the Maruti Suzuki YL1 sedan has been snapped by Team BHP. These images reveal a C-Segment sedan and from the design of the headlights and grille, it seems to be inspired by the Suzuki Authentics concept that was shown at the 2013 Auto Shanghai.

Maruti Suzuki YL1 sedan spied

Design inspiration has come from the Suzuki Authentics concept.

Without an iota of doubt, this looks like a successor for the aging SX4, which sold about 300 odd units in the month of July, even though its competitor, the Hyundai Verna, managed ten times that volume!

Suzuki Authentics at the 2013 Auto Shanghai

Image of the Suzuki Authentics concept which was shown at the Auto Shanghai added for reference.

Power for the SX4 successor could come from the 1.4-liter K-Series engine deployed in the Maruti Ertiga. It produces power and torque outputs of 95PS and 130Nm. With this engine option, Maruti can offer a transmission choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic (as seen on the Indonesian Ertiga that Maruti exports).

Maruti Suzuki YL1 sedan spied side

The diesel engine option (which should be launched from Day 1, unlike the current SX4 diesel which was launched through its mid-life refresh) would continue to be the 1.3-liter Fiat sourced engine which Maruti calls DDiS until Suzuki has its own diesel engine.

Maruti Suzuki YL1 sedan spied side profile

It has the proportions of a Hyundai Verna, or for that matter, any C-segment sedan.

With a variable geometric turbocharger, this engine produces 90PS and 200Nm of torque in the Ertiga and the current SX4.

Suzuki Authentics rear three quarter at the 2013 Auto Shanghai

Rear of the Suzuki Authentics Concept.

Maruti is expected to show a few future products at the 2014 Auto Expo scheduled in February. We would certainly expect to see this SX4 successor by then.

[Images from Team BHP]

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  • DRG

    IMHO SX4 did not sell inbig numbers because
    1. 1.3 Diesel engine is not sufficient for this big a car
    2. Upturned dicky is not pleasing for potential buyers in India
    3. Awfully small boot for a car of this segment

  • Raghuvansh

    Seems to look like the lancer EX from the side.

  • sandy

    Wow… unlike concept the real one looks so good and decent, no over design yet leaves a lot of impression just like VW group cars. This body style looks good for sedan like this, but I have some doubt on how will it fare for SUV or CrossOver body style.
    Will it be like Vento or City?