Maruti Suzuki India is planning to unveil another small car in April. A successor to the WagonR, the car has been code named ‘YR9’.
The current WagonR model comes with a 1061cc petrol engine. It also has options of a dual fuel version with LPG and petrol. 64 bhp power and 84 nm torque can be churned out with the 4-cylinder MPFI engine.
But, the new ‘YR9’ model would be strapped with the new generation K-series petrol engine. This engine may be lower in engine displacement (cc). The power, however, is expected to be much more.
The K-series options before Maruti are a 1000cc or a 1200cc engine and either could be used on the new car. This new model is certain to come at a significant price premium to the existing WagonR. Ex-showroom prices in Mumbai for the WagonR range between Rs 3.33 lakh and Rs 4.55 lakh.
In addition to the WagonR’s new successor, upgraded models from the Alto family are also expected soon. An improved version of the Alto at a price premium is expected post July this year and a version of the existing Alto with price levels close to that of the M800 may come into the Indian car market after that.
Due to the BS IV emission norms which will be effective next month, the M800 will be phased out of 13 top cities. The upgraded Alto will come with the advanced K-series engine, significant design and styling changes and may be priced somewhere around Rs 3,00,000. Maruti does not seem to be expecting major volumes from this variant. It expects only 60,000-70,000 units a year. But the low-cost variant of the Alto is expected to generate considerable volumes for the company.