Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker, has imported a couple of units of the Wagon R 7-seater MPV, code named YJC, to India for research & development purpose. Of the two imported prototypes, one features a 1.2-liter K-series petrol engine and other has a 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel powertrain. For people not in the know, both these engines also power the Swift twins and Baleno. Having said that, there is no clarity if the India-bound diesel version of the car will feature the 1.3-litre DDiS unit or the Celerio's 0.8-litre, 2-cylinder unit that's good for 47bhp and 125Nm.
First unveiled as a concept at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), the Wagon R 7-seater will be launched in several emerging markets including India. Upon its launch in India, the Maruti Suzuki 7-seater MPV will take on the Datsun GO+ MPV.
With an overall length of 3,700mm, the Wagon R MPV is about 101 longer than its hatchback sibling. The MPV will be positioned below the company's popular compact MPV - the Ertiga - and could be priced around Rs. 1 lakh more than the Wagon R hatchback. With an aim to sell around 80,000 units annually, the sub-compact MPV will most probably be manufactured at the company's upcoming Gujarat based facility.
As far as the design of the vehicle is concerned, it could be different than the concept. Though the platform of the vehicle could be the same that underpins the Wagon R hatchback.