Maruti Wagon R 7-seater MPV will be available with two engines – 1,197cc, K-Series petrol and a 1,248cc, DDiS diesel – and two transmission options – a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT.
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater MPV (YJC) will make its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo, while the launch will take place sometime later in 2016. In fact, the company has already imported two units of the vehicle in India for R&D purposes. One of them is powered by a 1,197cc, K-Series petrol engine, while the other one comes with a 1,248cc, DDiS diesel motor. The company also reported to provide the list of components to its vendors that will be used for the vehicle.
Based on the Wagon R hatchback, this MPV will be positioned below the Ertiga and above the Eeco. Upon its launch in the country, Maruti’s new MPV model will face a tough competition from the Datsun Go+. Just so you know, the vehicle was unveiled as a concept at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show. According to reports, the Wagon R MPV model will be the first car to be manufactured at the company’s new Gujarat-based facility.
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This multi-purpose utility vehicle might make its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Though there is no official confirmation about the launch timeline of the vehicle, it is likely to be rolled out in mid 2016.
With 7-seat configuration and efficient engine lineup, this utility vehicle is expected to be Rs. 80,000 – Rs. 90,000 pricier than the Wagon R hatchback. It might be offered within the price range of Rs. 4.5 lakh – Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom) that will also make it the most affordable seven-seater MPV in India.
Design & Styling
Maruti’s 7-seat MPV will get a much better styling than most of its rivals, as claimed by Davy J Tulian, the Sales head at PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales. Though, the company hasn’t yet revealed the production-ready model of the car. The vehicle will share the platform, and design elements with its hatchback sibling such as tall-boy design and a high ground clearance.
The wheelbase, too, will remain the same. Though, the dimension will be increased for accommodating an extra-row of seats. The 7-seat Wagon R measures 3,700mm in length that makes it 101mm longer than the Wagon R, and 295mm shorter than its closest rival – Datsun Go+. Similar to the concept model, the production version of the vehicle will get a dual-tone beige and purple interior.
Engine & Transmission
Maruti’s new 7-seat Wagon R will be available in both, petrol and diesel, fuel options. The diesel variant will be powered by a 0.8-litre twin-cylinder DDiS 125 engine that also does duty to the Celerio. Though, there is no clarity about the petrol unit. The MPV’s petrol model might either come with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder K-Series or the Swift’s 83.1bhp, 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine. The company might also offer CNG and LPG fuel options with the MPV, but at a later stage. Transmission on offer could be a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT.
Since the MPV could share its engine with the Swift, we can expect it to be as fuel efficient as the Swift. Mated with a five-speed manual transmission, the Swift returns an impressive mileage of 20.4kmpl.
0.8-litre, 2-cylinder DDiS 125 Diesel
1.0-litre, 3-cylinder K-Series Or 1.2-litre K-Series Petrol
High ground clearance
Dual-tone beige and purple interior
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