The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been one of the best selling cars worldwide. Its instant success in Japan later translated into India as well. The car has also been selling decent numbers in Europe as the Opel Agila.The second-generation Wagon R has been a major success and now the third generation also coming. The Maruti Wagon R 2018 will be modern, stylish, appealing, powerful, fuel-efficient and will offer more features as well. This will make buyers want the Wagon R over its rivals.
The new generation Wagon R will be a stylish car. One can be rest assured that Maruti will leave no stone unturned in giving this car a more premium look. the new platform will be lighter and stronger. This will improve its performance and fuel efficiency. It will be the same platform that underpins the Ignis. The boxy look will be carried forward because that is the car’s USP. The practicality of the car will be retained but it will get enhanced styling to make it more attractive and modern. In terms of features there are more additional options on offer. The all new Wagon R will be offered with more features than the current one.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK
The cosmetic makeover of the new Maruti WagonR makes it look better than before, but its boxy design doesn’t appeal. It is available in three outgoing trim levels, including the LX and LXi. The car looks better with new large headlamps, blue tinted parking lamps, front grille with chrome detailing, sporty fog lamps and large bumper with wide airdam. The new narrow grille is claimed to have reduced the NVH levels and friction of car. However, the NVH levels are relatively high. The front fascia now looks more mature, but fails to mark an impression.
The slating roof-with-roofrails resemble the old Wagon hatchback. However, its top-end variant is available with body-colored roof rails. The well-designed wheel arches enhance its side profile, but tyres feel very fragile and small. “WagonR” is embossed on the chrome strip of its rear side. This time, the company has kept the rear windscreen wider with larger rear lights. The new WagonR is spoonful of chrome to match the Indian taste. However, the positioning of lock is very odd. In terms of design and styling, the new WagonR is definitely a step ahead. However, its narrow and tall body-built gives it a boxy feel. The top-end variant of new WagonR (VXi) has a set of 14-inch wheels, whereas the rest two, LXi and LX, are assembled with 13-inch wheels. Wheel arches are good looking. The puncture-resistant tubeless tyres are fitted over the rims that feel quite frail but efficient enough to control the car. The top-of-the-line version of new WagonR comes with a tyre size of 155/65R14, whereas the 145/80R13 size of tyres has been used for LX and LXi variants.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT
The large doors open nice and wide. Ingress and egress are definitely strong points with the WagonR. You tend to ‘walk inside’ the cabin of the car, not ‘sit down’ like you would in the Nissan Micra for example. The high seating gives you a commanding view.The interiors are finished in a black and beige combo. To add a premium feel, the centre console, door handles and the steering wheel get brushed aluminium coloured accents. While the design of the dashboard is nothing to write home about, the quality has definitely gone up a notch compared to the previous generation. That said, we believe it still isn’t in the league of the Hyundai i10 whose quality continues to remain the benchmark in the segment.Amongst the first things to grab your attention, is the orange accented instrument cluster. It is a three pod unit, consisting of a tachometer, a speedometer and a section for the tell-tale lights. It also gets a small LCD strip at the base of the speedo, that houses a digital fuel gauge and an odometer.
The centre console comprises of an integrated music system and manual controls for the air-conditioning. We really like the positioning of the dials and switches, they are easy to reach and operate. The audio system supports CD, USB & Radio and is paired with four speakers, the output of which is average at best. The front seats are reasonably supportive, even for people with a hefty build. Thanks to its 1700mm height, the WagonR scores really high on headroom both at the front and the rear bench. However, the driver will find himself brushing shoulders with his co-passenger due to the narrow dimensions. The steering wheel is large and has a grainy texture to it. It can be adjusted for rake (angle) which lets the driver find a comfortable driving position easily.
At the rear, the headroom is clearly a cut above the others in the segment. However, the legroom is more or less on par. Thanks to the narrow width, the WagonR is a four-seater at best. The lack of shoulder room at the rear will make the third passenger feel unwelcomed. Also, the backrest is relatively upright which may make long journeys tad uncomfortable.There are a couple of gloveboxes and a few cubby holes around the centre console and the gear lever area. Our favourite, however, was the storage under the codriver’s seat — a feature unique to the WagonR. While it is slightly shallow, it can be used to carry some grocery. The WagonR carries a minimalistic design on the inside as well. The key takeaways continue to remain the space and the practicality it offers. Slightly compromised shoulder room aside, the WagonR gets right everything that the segment demands.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
The Indian WagonR has broken away from the short-nosed design of the Japanese models but it’s not just for aesthetic reasons that the bonnet has been stretched. The new WagonR comes with the brilliant 998cc, three-cylinder K10 engine which needs more space. The longer bonnet not only makes the car look bigger than it actually is, but also helps to visually balance the WagonR’s towering 1700mm height.We noticed glaring panel gaps between the bonnet and the side fender. It’s quite likely the dies for these body panels were locally made and don’t quite have the same fit and finish as the Japanese ones. Also, the stretched wheelbase (up by 40mm to 2400mm), 14-inch wheels (on the VXi variant), wider rear windows (the rear quarter-glass is gone) and tipped-forward stance with a protruding chin that has a generous overhang all add up to the WagonRs new found appeal.
The latest WagonR is underpinned by a brand new chassis that is leagues ahead of the previous model. Not only is the chassis much stiffer but it now also comes with a solid sub-frame onto which the front suspension is mounted. This not only improves dynamics but isolates the cabin from vibration. The lower suspension arms are now L-shaped for better control, especially over rough roads.The surprise of this new platform is the unusually (for a Suzuki) long wheelbase which bodes well for interior space. In fact, the WagonR’s 2400mm wheelbase is the longest in its class. The WagonR is marginally heavier than the outgoing model but compared to its direct rivals, the i10 or Beat, its 50kg to 80kg lighter. That’s comes as a big advantage in terms of performance and economy.
The Wagon R has a stiffer suspension (specially suited to city driving) which helps it ride the potholes with ease. Ground clearance is adequate and the bottom stays clear of the worst of bumps. Light steering is a boon and maneuverability in city traffic is a piece of cake. Ride is comfortable and the Vxi variant is equipped with 14 inch wheels, which assist in better handing and the Wagon R does the job well for a city car. Tall boy design gets the car slightly unstable at hard cornering and slight amount of bodyroll also exists, as mentioned earlier. Drive it like a city car and the Wagon R is a pleasure to drive. Braking is decent with the pedal having a tad bit of spongy feel. ABS does well to stop the car and still wider tires would have been appreciated. (As compared to the Lxi version, the Vxi gets wider tires).
The Wagon R gets an energy absorbing body structure with impact beams and crumple zones in critical areas. In a recent update, dual front airbags and anti-lock braking system were made available across trim levels, barring the CNG variant.
These are all the updates that you can expect from the upcoming WagonR refreshed variant. The car gets an additional top end trim which gets few new features like projector headlamps, a body kit and premium Black interiors which will help it to compete with the bigger legue as well. The rest of the car however remains same like the already available non updated variant. However the few changes add better value for money quotients.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Ex Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 4,20,992/- (Wagon R LXI) to 5,42,434/- (Wagon R VXI Felicity Limited Edition).Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has 14 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes in 8 colours, namely Passion Red,Silky Silver,Bakers Choclate,Ecru Beige,Breeze Blue,Bakers Chocolate,Superior White,Glistening Grey.