Maruti Suzuki plans to launch two all-new models in FY2020 (April 2019-March 2020). According to a report from The Economic Times, one of these is the production Concept Future-S (codename: Maruti Y1K), which will reach showrooms ahead of the festive season this year.
Introduced at Auto Expo 2018, the Concept Future-S is Maruti Suzuki proposal for a micro-SUV. The production version will compete with the Renault Kwid, featuring a high bonnet line, upright A-pillars, flared wheel arches and muscular haunches for an imposing stance and a very SUV-like tough look. The overall design may substantially vary from the concept, as cost is a big concern at that end of the segment.
The Maruti Concept Future-S is said to revive the ‘Maruti Zen’ nameplate. Reports say that the reborn Zen will likely employ a 0.66-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. A possibility is that the turbocharged version of the R06A version that delivers 64 PS and 100 Nm of torque and powers several JDM-spec Suzuki cars is under consideration. This engine is available with 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual transmissions internationally.
The Maruti Concept Future-S will evolve into a production model that will partly replace the Maruti Alto, India's best-selling car with over 36 lakh+ units sold by the end of 2018. The concept was designed in-house, and the development of the production car is also expected to take place in India.
While Maruti Suzuki is already working on a micro SUV, rival automaker Hyundai is considering such a model that would slot below the Styx that debuts at the NYIAS 2019 in April.