Maruti Suzuki, India's largest passenger carmaker's all new sedan - codenamed YL1 - is likely to make its entry into the domestic market by 2014.
The car, which was in speculations for quite some time, has been seen testing in different parts of the country recently. Latest reports claim the company is likely to take the wraps off its new sedan by mid 2014 and the vehicle will make its way to the market by the third quarter.
"According to company insiders, the car might be showcased at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo, which is scheduled to take place in February, 2014. After its unveiling, the launch would follow soon in the first half of respective year," the Cartrade reported.
Maruti Suzuki YL1 will replace the current model SX4, which lost its charm to Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and others in the domestic market. Though the company is yet to talk about its upcoming model YL1, speculations are rife that the design of the vehicle would resemble Suzuki Authentics concept car that was shown earlier this year.
The sedan from Maruti will share platform with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV and may pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. According to reports, the YL1 sedan is also likely to borrow many features from SX4 and Ertiga.
Apart from this, the car is likely to feature 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats. The YL1 is also expected to host a number of safety features, like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
The new sedan, which is expected to provide competition to Verna Fluidic and Vento, will fall in the price bracket of below 10 lakh. As the competition in the sedan market is getting stronger, the upcoming model from India's most trusted auto firm is expected to pack more exciting features.
The car will be built at Maruti's Manesar plant and is said to be Maruti's trump card to revive its market.