India-made Maruti YRA premium hatchback to be exported to Europe, Japan – Report

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Previewed by the Suzuki iK-2 concept.

A report on LiveMint states that Maruti Suzuki will export the Maruti YRA (codename) premium hatchback from India to markets like Japan. The YRA is due to be launched in India in the second half of this calendar year, and initially, the car maker plans to make 80,000 units of the hatchback in the first year.

Suzuki iK-2 concept front right(2) quarter view at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The forerunner to the YRA, the Suzuki iK-2, also debuted Suzuki’s all-new Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine.

60 percent of production will be exported to overseas markets, which could also include Europe, where the hatchback had its debut in the concept form. The Suzuki iK-2 concept debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

In the first batch, 5,000 units of the India-made YRA will be exported to Japan. A source, on the condition of anonymity, said that the company wants to gauge the “acceptability of a made-in-India model in a mature market like Japan, and subsequently export more”.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept rear profile at Auto Shanghai 2015
The Suzuki iK-2 will rival the VW Polo, Honda Jazz and the Hyundai Elite i20 in India.

In the domestic market, the YRA will be positioned against the Hyundai Elite i20, VW Polo and the recently launched Honda Jazz. Like other Maruti products, it will be offered with a petrol and a diesel engine, the latter being sourced from Fiat.

Also read: Maruti ‘YBA’ sub-4m SUV snapped on Indian roads – Spied

Spyshots have revealed the premium hatch to get features like projector headlights, multi-spoke alloy wheels, chrome door handles with smart entry, Maruti’s SmartPlay entertainment and navigation system, cruise control and automatic climate control.

Suzuki iK-2 – Image Gallery

[Source: LiveMint]

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