Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio has been missing an updated Wagon R for some time now. The 2018 edition was unveiled alongside the go-dater Wagon R Stingray went on display in Japan last year. Which means that the launch of the Wagon R is even more impending than we had previously thought. The test mule that we had spotted a few days ago, indicates that the 2018 edition might be closer to launch than we had previously expected having gone through an extensive testing cycle. The test mule that we spotted on the Yamuna Express Way just outside Delhi, might have given the dimensions of the new Wagon R away.
Interestingly like the Maruti Suzuki Swift launched today. The Wagon R and the Wagon R Stingray will be based on Maruti Suzuki’s HEARTECT PLATFORM. This also means that the Wagon R will be 3395 mm long, 1475 mm wide, and 1650 mm tall. The Wagon R also benefits from a longer wheelbase at 2460 mm.
Internationally, the WagonR gets two hybrid trims, aside from the standard variant which is likely to draw power from the original 1000cc K10 motor petrol engine that produces maximum power output of 51 bhp and maximum torque of 60 Nm. It is increasingly likely that Maruti might consider one of the two hybrid variants for the Indian market especially after Maruti Suzuki boss Kenichi Sans monologue on the importance of hybrids at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The 2018 Wagon R is bigger and that is apparent at first glance. One of the most striking features on the 2018 Wagon R is split headlamps with a line running through the body. 2017 Suzuki WagonR also receives rear mirror placed on the door as against its positioning on the pillar-like the outgoing Wagon R.there are flared fenders and A prominent muscular line that runs across the sides to the lower end.The new Suzuki WagonR’s boot gets styling as that reminisce of the Japanese spec Alto with tail lamps located lower down but just above the rear bumper.
Now while the test car may not reveal a lot about the interiors or the features of the Wagon R. Considering, that Maruti’s test driver did put up a load of newspaper around the windows to ensure that we could not get a good look inside. Although we expect the Wagon R to get a few more upmarket features like a touch-screen infotainment system although it may miss out on HUD that the Japanese version gets.
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