The next-generation Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R is launching in India later this year or in early 2019. The pricing will go slightly up.
For the past few months, there has been a flood of upcoming Wagon-R spyshots. Maruti Suzuki is apparently testing this new model on the Indian roads before launching it in the market.
The launch date has not been revealed by several sources confirm that the new Wagon-R launch is very near. Some say that it could happen during the festive season or it can be delayed till earlier next year.
The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is completely overhauled in terms of exterior/interior design and mechanicals. It’s expected to share very little parts from the existing model.
Apart from this, the equipment levels and feature list will be updated as well. With more stringent crash-test and emission norms, new Wagon R will be better than the current model in those areas too.
Maruti Suzuki has stayed away from revealing information about the new Wagon R. However, they did say that an all-electric version of the Wagon R will be launched in India by 2020. Let’s discuss what you can expect from the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Wagon R:
New Maruti Wagon R Pricing
Presently, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R retails between 4.14 to 5.35 Lakh (ex-showroom). The next-gen Wagon-R will be slightly pricier than this considering it gets a new platform, better interiors, and new design. Not to mention, the extra safety features also add to the price.
The starting price of the new Wagon-R should be around Rs 4.5 lakh, while the loaded variant could go up till 5.8 lakh. We think that a customer wouldn’t mind paying the premium after knowing that new Wagon-R is an upmarket product.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Engine & Gearbox
In Japan, the Wagon-R is sold with two powertrain options: 660cc three cylinder, and a hybrid 660cc engine. This small 660cc engine makes 55 Ps of power and 51 Nm of torque. The hybrid engine adds 3.1 Ps and 50 Nm to it. For the gearbox, it comes with an automatic CVT unit.
However, for India, the engine and transmission options will be carried over from the current model. That means the engine will be a 1.0-litre K-series engine with 68 Ps of power and 91 Nm of torque. This engine is offered with two transmission option- 5-Speed manual, and AMT automatic gearbox.
Since the engine and gearbox will be carried over, the fuel-efficiency of the new Maruti Wagon R should be the same. The current model delivers 16 km/l in city and 22 km/l on the highway.
Next-Gen Maruti Wagon R Looks
The 2018 WagonR will have an all-new design that’s more modern. It will continue with the tallboy stance. Although the platform of the new Wagon-R is same as the Japanese-spec model, its looks might differ slightly.
The platform of the new Wagon R will be lighter, and this should improve performace.
Wagon-R is known to have a glasshouse effect, and this shall continue with the new model as well. This helps improve the visibility and also makes the cabin feel roomier.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Interior
The biggest selling point for the Wagon-R is the roomy interiors. This USP of the car will be carried over to the new Wagon R also. The dashboard will be all-new with modern touchscreen setup in the middle.
This will bring the Wagon-R at par with its siblings like Ignis and Baleno. We expect to see features like Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay, parking sensors, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, and keyless entry.
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