If Maruti Suzuki wants to regain its leadership in the C2 segment, it better have something that gives nightmares to the competition and the upcoming 2014 SX4 (codename YL1), by the looks of it, can very well be such a product.
It will be shown at the 2014 Auto Expo and launched just after the event. On the outside, it looks more stylish than the current SX4 and promises to have as much space on the inside as the Nissan Sunny. Engine options include the 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine and a FIAT sourced 1.3-litre Multijet unit (called DDiS in MSIL's lingo, the former available with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Performance driving lovers will be glad to know that both the suspension and steering setup will be tuned in such a way to make the enthusiasts happy.
Expected to be priced lower than the Verna, the 2014 SX4 could be the game changer that Maruti needs. It will be lighter than the current car but more feature rich, especially with things like Push-button starter etc. ABS and front airbags could be standard across the whole range.