Team-BHP scoops the YL1 sedan, a possible SX4 replacementt

Team-BHP moderator Anshuman Bishnoi has scooped a treasure trove of information about the upcoming YL1 sedan from Maruti Suzuki. This car is touted to replace the slow selling (By Maruti's own lofty standards) SX4 sedan. The car, codenamed the YL1, is expected to make its India debut by the end of 2014.

The car is said to share its platform with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV, which in turn is based on a modified Swift platform. The Maruti Suzuki YL1's design is likely to be inspired by the Suzuki AuthenticS concept that the Japanese car maker showcased earlier this year, at the Shanghai Motor Show. Team-BHP's exclusive sketches of the car also indicate a similar design direction for the new Maruti sedan.

Since the YL1 sedan is said to use the Ertiga platform, the 1.4 Liter K-Series petrol motor and the 1.3 liter Multijet VGT turbo equipped diesel motor could be carried over to this car as well. These engines suggest that the YL1 sedan would be positioned in the C-segment sedan space populated by the likes of the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna rather than the C+ segment, which plays host to the likes of the Chevrolet Cruzes and Skoda Lauras of this world.

It remains unclear as to whether the YL1 would replace the SX4 or whether it would be sold alongside the latter. Maruti Suzuki's long time habit of digging into part bins for new cars is expected to be followed in case of the YL1 as well. The Ertiga could be the donor for many parts on the YL1. AC vents for the rear seat and steering wheel with audio controls are two such parts that the YL1 is said to borrow from the Ertiga. 

15 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats are the other prominent features of the YL1 sedan. The car could share its interior design with other Maruti Suzuki cars such as the Swift and the Ertiga. Beige and black colour treatment is expected on the interiors. With a size similar to that of the Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki's new YL1 sedan could be priced well under 10 lakh rupees. 

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