The Economic Times reports that the Maruti Y1K, the alleged Maruti Zen reincarnation, is a year away from its launch. This programs the introduction of the rumoured all-new Zen in the festive season of 2019.
The Y1K will perch above the Maruti Alto 800 and almost alongside the next-gen Alto K10. While Maruti Suzuki is yet to announce the revival of Zen brand, it is rumours abound that the Y1K will be responsible for its resurrection.
In all likelihood, the Maruti Y1K will get inspired by the Future-S Concept that made its debut at the Auto Expo 2018. A crossover-ish design, a bold stance, and a high ground clearance should help the Y1K mount a serious challenge to the Renault Kwid which has seen sales slide 29% YoY in H1 2019.
The Y1K is likely to be powered by a 1.0-litre engine, which could be the revised K10B from the Alto. Hence, expect the production-spec Y1K to offer similar technical specifications (circa 68 PS/90 Nm) and the optional five-speed AMT unit.
Besides meeting BS6 emission standards, the upcoming small car would have to comply with the future crash safety norms which mandate dual front airbags, ABS, speed warning and rear parking sensors.
Maruti Suzuki is lining up several facelifts, upgrades and successors in the B-Segment. Later this year, Maruti Suzuki will launch the all-new WagonR hatchback, and for the first time, a 7-seat variant. Following this, the Maruti Baleno is expected to get a facelift early next year. The launch of the Y1K should help the company further consolidate its position in the small car market as it will tap volumes from a new segment.