The Wagon R has been the mainstay in Maruti-Suzuki’s line-up for almost 20 years now. It has seen Maruti transform from the days of M800 and Esteem to Baleno and Ciaz today. And despite all the changes and fluctuations in market trends, it still remains amongst the top-ten highest selling cars in the country.
But with almost the same shape and underpinnings for two decades, it is now time for the WagonR to undergo a change. Well, the change will not be much. Because Maruti will certainly not do away with the practicality of the boxy design. It will still be upright and tall but will get a new platform, sharper and funkier looks and interiors that should not be defined as Spartan.
The new car in question is the latest version of the Wagon R that is being sold in the Japanese markets. It gets the chrome horizontally slatted grille and large square headlamps to go with. The top looks almost the same and the vertical stack of tail lamps continues, but it now gets LED internals. We haven’t had a peek at the interiors yet but they will certainly be premium, somewhere between that of the Celerio and the Swift.
Under the hood, expect the 1.0-litre engine with the five-speed manual to continue. There are rumours of a diesel variant in the pipeline, but with the petrol engines back in vogue, the chances of a diesel Wagon R have lowered even further. With the testing of the car already underway, we can expect the new Wagon R to be launched by the end of this year.