Maruti YRA premium hatchback for India will not get turbo-petrol engine – IAB Report

Posted on: Jul 30, 2015 - 1:41pm IST

Technology proves to be expensive, sources say.

Some might say that the year has just begun for Maruti Suzuki, which will launch its first crossover, the S-Cross, in the first week of August this year.

The S-Cross will also launch the premium range of NEXA dealerships for the brand, which Maruti will acknowledge is more important than the product itself. The success of the NEXA dealerships will essentially prove if Maruti can shed its image as a budget car maker and compete with more premium brands such as Honda and VW.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept three quarter front at Auto Shanghai 2015
The YRA will launch in India towards the second half of this calendar year.

The second product to be sold through the NEXA range of dealerships is likely to be Maruti’s premium hatchback, codenamed ‘YRA’. Previewed by the Suzuki iK-2 concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, multiple sources confirmed to IndianAutosBlog that the product will be introduced in India later this year, to primarily rival the Hyundai Elite i20, VW Polo and the Honda Jazz.

While the iK-2 concept debuted Suzuki’s all-new Boosterjet 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, this technology is still sometime away from finding its place in India, understands.

Citing costs as one of the reason, a person with knowledge of the product said – “This engine will prove to be expensive for Indian consumers, and will be expensive for Maruti as well if its introduced on a single product. The market is slowly shifting towards downsized engines abroad, but this trend will still take sometime in India. We’re ready with the technology, it’s a matter of introducing it at the right time.”

While Ford and VW offer turbocharged petrol engines on the EcoSport and the Polo GT TSI respectively, these companies have different business cases. On the EcoSport, Ford India also exports the vehicle with the EcoBoost engine to markets in Europe, and can thus leverage costs, despite the EcoBoost being an imported unit.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept rear three quarter view at Auto Shanghai 2015
The YRA will also be sold in Europe, with Maruti likely exporting the product.

As volumes of the Polo are in the range of 2,835 units/month (which is a small figure for a company the size of Maruti), the GT TSI, which dealership sources say account for 10-15 percent of sales, proves sensible. Further, the TSI engine is also sold on the Vento.

While petrol cars seem to be making a comeback owing to narrowing price gaps between petrol and diesel, on products such as the Swift, Dzire and Ciaz, diesel continues to account for the major portion of sales (over 55 percent), and a similar ratio is expected on the YRA as well.

The YRA when launched would share engines with the present crop of Maruti products. These include the K-Series petrol, and the DDiS diesel engines, the latter sourced from Fiat. However, the turbocharged petrol could be introduced later on in the product’s Indian lifecycle.

When contacted about the product and engine, Maruti Suzuki said it does not comment on future products.

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4 thoughts on “Maruti YRA premium hatchback for India will not get turbo-petrol engine – IAB Report

  1. Debajit says:

    Seriously disappointing news. First Hyundai said no turbo petrol for the i20 & now Maruti too. So petrol buyers will hv to make do with mediocre performers from these two leaders of Indian Auto world for now. Guess petroheads will hv to knock on VW & Fiat’s doors .

  2. Vijay_ says:

    Looks like they are going to win the race provided they care about shock absorbers and noise levels.

  3. hi2aravind says:

    Maruti Suzuki can manufacture that 1l turbo petrol engine locally which can be used across YRA, S-Cross (now with only Diesel), Ciaz, Ertiga, YBA etc. Mass manufacturing would bring the cost down..

    If TATA can use Turbo petrol engine why not Maruti Suzuki ?? that too Maruti’s sales are many times of TATAs.

    1. Godson Arun Kumar says:

      That’s because Tata have merely slapped on a turbo charger on to their existing MPFI petrol engine platform and made the few essential design changes. This booster jet engine is all new and hence will be direct injection type with turbo charging. This will warrant large changes to the engine manufacturing line and since this is going to be an expensive engine, the time and cost is not justified. Even ford are offering their eco-boost engine only in the ecosport and at the top of the line most likely as that’s the export variant hence justifying the inclusion of the engine in the vehicles sold in India as well.


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