New-generation Maruti Wagon R is reported to launch early next year.
Maruti Suzuki is on a roll. After the successful launch of the new-generation Drize and Swift, the Indo-Japanese carmaker is now gearing up for two big products of the year – the new Ertiga MPV and the new WagonR hatchback. While the former is ready to hit roads in coming days, the latter one is reported to hit showrooms early next year. The new Maruti WagonR 2018, which is currently in its testing phase, will witness comprehensive aesthetic and feature updgrades. For people not in the known, Suzuki has already launched the new generation WagonR and WagonR Stingray in the Japanese market. Though, India-spec model will be different from the Japanese models.
Similar to the current model, the new Maruti WagonR 2018 will feature the tall-boy design. Though, it will get some crossover-ish styling bits along with a high ground clearance. Interior will have more space and features to offer with slightly better material quality. Reports suggest that the 2018 WagonR will underpin the company’s new lightweight HEARTECT platform. The new generation Wagon R might also get a new touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration as we have seen in the new Swift. Engine setup of the 2018 Maruti WagonR might remain unchanged. That means, it will continue to carry the 67bhp, 1.0-litre K-Series petrol unit with a 5-speed manual and AGS gearbox options. Read: New Maruti Baleno Facelift – Top 5 Changes
Favored for its practicality, spacious cabin and efficient engine, the WagonR achieved a sales milestone of 20 lakh units in India. In fact, the hatchback has been among the top five bestselling cars in the country from last a decade. First launched in 1993, this tall-boy attracted first time buyers and crossed its first million sales in 2011. It is also popular among fleet owners that further enhance its sales figures.
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Launch Date
The Indo-Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the new-generation WagonR will hit Indian roads before the new-gen Alto hatchback. While the former is reported to see a release early next year, the latter one will go on sale in 2021. If reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki will halt production of the existing WagonR till November, 2018. However, the commercial model will continue to be manufactured at the plant. Please note that the official launch date and details of the new WagonR are yet to be revealed by the carmaker. Read – Maruti Suzuki To Launch Toyota Corolla Based Sedan In India
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 4.50 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 5.50 lakh|
With the arrival of new models like Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid, the competition in the small car segment gets fierce. In order to keep up its game, Maruti Suzuki is considering a generation change for its highly-popular WagonR hatchback. The new-generation model will sport an all-new design with better interior quality, more features and efficient powertrains. All these merits will surely make the new WagonR slightly more expensive than the outgoing model. Currently, the hatchback is available within the price range of Rs 4.1 lakh – Rs 5.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). We expect that the prices of the new Maruti Wagon R 2018 will start from Rs 4.50 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 5.50 lakh for the top-end model. Read – New Maruti Alto Will Be India’s Most Fuel Efficient Car
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Specifications
As mentioned beginning, the India-spec 2018 Maruti Wagon R won’t see any change under the hood. The existing 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine will continue to power the hatchback. The power motor also does duty in the Celerio and the Alto K10. This gasoline unit is capable to generate a top power of 67bhp at 6,200rpm and a maximum torque of 91Nm at 3,500rpm. Packed with the 1.0L engine, the hatchback can do 100kmph from standstill in 18.6 seconds, and offer a top speed of 152kmph. Similar to the current generation, the 2018 Maruti WagonR will come with the conventional 5-speed gearbox and Maruti’s Auto GearShift (AGS)/AMT. Check Out – New Generation Maruti Suzuki Celerio Rendered
In the Japanese market, the hatchback lineup spreads across three trims – FA, FX hybrid and FZ hybrid. The standard variant derives its power from a 660cc, three-cylinder petrol engine churning out a maximum power of 51bhp and a peak torque of 50Nm. The hybrid motor generates a peak power 3.1bhp against 50Nm of torque. Similarly, the Wagon R Stingray carline is available in one standard (L) and two hybrid (T and X) variants generating a maximum power output of 65bhp and 98Nm of torque. All variants of the hatchback get CVT gearbox as standard. The hatchback can be brought either with the 2WD (two-wheel-drive) or the 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system. Read – Maruti Ertiga Crossover Under Development
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Mileage
If the new Maruti Wagon R 2018 will continue to use the same powertrains, it will be as frugal as the current model. Though, the carmaker might make some mechanical changes to increase its fuel economy. Currently, the hatchback delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 20.51kmpl. Read: Maruti Suzuki Small Car – When It Will Launch In India?
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Exterior
Unlike the current generation, the 2018 Maruti Wagon R will carry an all-new design language and bold stance giving it a more refreshing look. However, there is no indication whether the India-bound model will follow the same design and styling principles used for the Japan-spec version. The signature tall-boy stance and boxy design elements of the hatchback will remain intact.
Similar to the JDM-spec Suzuki WagonR Stingray, the India-spec version will get a completely revised front fascia. The hatchback will feature sweptback headlamps, a new front grille, more sculpted bumper and a longer bonnet. The ORVMs will be shifted on the door instead of the pillar like the outgoing Wagon R. What add more to its new side look are the flared fenders and a prominent muscular line running across the length of the car. In terms of proportion, the 2018 Maruti Wagon R could be slightly bigger than the current generation model. Read – Maruti Grand Vitara SUV India Launch On The Cards
The Japan-spec Suzuki Wagon R features a new chromed grille flanked by new squarish headlamps, revised bumper, a larger airdam and shortened bonnet at the front end. The Stingray, on the other hand, has a more edgy bonnet, angular headlamps and two-part grille. It has trapezoidal airdam, more muscular front bumper and vertical fog lamp. Moving to sides, the hatchback has van-like appearance with bold creases and more prominent wheel arches. Round the back, the car features low-placed horizontal tail lights, new roof-mounted spoiler and a large rear windshield.
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Dimensions
Compared to the India-spec model, the Japanese model carries a more boxy design. The Japan-spec model sits on a wheelbase of 2,460mm and measures 3,395mm in length, 1,475mm in width and 1,660mm in height. The current generation WagonR (India-spec), on the other hand, is 3,599mm long, 1,495mm wide and 1,670mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,400mm. Dimensions of the hatchback’s new model are likely to be stretched for creating more cabin space. Check Out – Upcoming Maruti Cars In India
New Maruti WagonR 2018 Interior
Comprehensive changes will continue inside the cabin. While the interior pictures and details of the India-spec 2018 Maruti WagonR are likely to be revealed in near future, it is expected to get an all-new design along with a range of new comfort and safety features. The new-generation model will get a newly-designed dashboard along with a new instrument console, new steering and air-con vents. Rumour has it that the top-spec trim of the new Maruti WagonR might get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system could be compatible to the smartphone apps such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
With respect to safety, the new Maruti Wagon R 2018 will be better than the current generation. The Indo-Japanese carmaker might offer ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and dual front airbags as standard across the carline. Similar to Maruti Suzuki’s new breed cars, the new-generation WagonR will meet the new safety norms.
The the Japan-spec 2018 WagonR, on the other hand, comes loaded with a tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system placed below the new dashboard with a centre-mounted instrument cluster. The AirCon vent has been stretched to the length of the entire dashboard. While the Wagon R has beige interior, the Stingray gets all-black cabin with red highlights. There is no clarity whether the India-bound will have all these features or not.
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