Maruti Suzuki YL1 vs Hyundai i30: An upcoming rivalry

Maruti Suzuki YL1 vs Hyundai i30: An upcoming rivalry
author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Tuesday 26 November 2013, 09:51 AM

In India, Maruti Suzuki holds the largest market share for passenger cars with a figure of about 40 per cent. While the sole competitor that has been actively trying to pose a challenge to the leading car company is Hyundai. The Indian subsidiary of South Korea based manufacturer has build upon a reputation of making formidable vehicles that have been liked by many in India. Over the years, both companies have been trying to grab each other's share by bringing in new models. With 2014 is just around the corner, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are expected to introduce new models to further capitalise on the Indian auto market. Reportedly, Maruti Suzuki, according to reports, would be launching its YL1 sedan in 2014 while on the other hand, Hyundai i30 is expected to arrive soon as well. Since reports regarding launch of these models have surfaced, many car makers have tried to analyse the kind of competition they will bear.

Maruti Suzuki YL1 vs Hyundai i30: An upcoming rivalry

YL1 is one of the most anticipated launches for Maruti Suzuki in India. It is likely that the sedan would replace the current generation SX4 as its sales are not satisfactory. Also, with the launch of a new model, Maruti Suzuki would be looking to cash in on the rising demand in mid-size sedan segment. Talking about the engine configuration, the upcoming sedan, YL1, might be offered in two engine engine options, namely 1.4-litre K-Series and 1.3-litre Multijet. Also to mention, reports have suggested that YL1 would be offered in automatic variant as well.

Major changes given in YL1 sedan as compared to SX4 are believed to be at interior packaging. The upcoming sedan of Maruti Suzuki might be offered with premium quality interiors as the cabin may get black and beige leather upholstery along with a wooden insert. In order to place its car at par with same segment rivals, YL1 would have features like Bluetooth connectivity, automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents, height adjustable driver seat and steering mounted audio controls. In case of safety equipment, the car is likely to get Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Reports have suggested that Maruti Suzuki would first take the wraps of YL1 at the 2014 Auto Expo after which its launch shall follow soon in first half of the same year.

Maruti Suzuki YL1 vs Hyundai i30: An upcoming rivalry

Coming to i30, sources have revealed that the model will feature in Hyundai's Indian line-up in 2014. Furthermore, rumours are rife that i30 is a part of the company's strategic plans to overtake Maruti Suzuki in the Indian car market. Insiders have stated that Hyundai would be first showcasing its car at the 2014 Auto Expo while the launch could happen in second quarter of 2014. Till now, it is quite unclear that whether the European specification model would arrive in India or not. However, what seems sure is the availability of two engine options, namely 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel. For transmission, experts are saying that i30 will be provided with an option of either 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic versions.

As Hyundai is known for offering best-in-class features, i30 is no exception to this fact. Considering the European model, the upcoming i30 is certain to get advanced safety functions like Electronic Stability System (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and airbags. Apart from these, standard features like dual-tone interiors, leather seats, audio player with USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth support will also expected to be placed in the model. Coming to its price, analysts are saying that the car could be placed in a bracket of Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 9 lakh; however nothing is confirmed as of now.

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