Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), India’s largest selling car manufacturer, is definitely not the one to rest on its laurels. Barring the S-Cross, which is yet to attract potential customers away from the likes of the Hyundai Creta, all the recent launches from MSIL have proven to be ultra successful. Having set a strong foothold in the passenger car market, the company now plans to come up with a set of new models in the utility-vehicle market. Other than this, it also plans to update its car portfolio with new generations of the Swift, Alto, and the Wagon R. Yes, the company’s popular tallboy will see a generation change with the launch of the new Maruti Wagon R 2018 model next year. Ahead of its launch, the 2018 Wagon R is likely to debut at the next year’s Auto Expo.
The new-generation Wagon R is already on sale in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM). The latest version of this tallboy boasts a modern design, a long list of features, and better safety equipment. The India-bound new-gen model won’t look exactly like the JDM-spec car, but will definitely share the platform. It will also get most of the features that are available abroad. The Wagon R has been a highly successful brand for Maruti Suzuki. In its second-generation here, the car continues to impress many with its practicality and frugality. However, it has started to age really fast and an all-new model can definitely help the company find more buyers.
Just like the new Dzire, even the Wagon R 2018 will be underpinned by a new platform. The new architecture will be based on the company’s TECT (Total Effective Control Technology). It will make the next-gen model considerably lighter, and safer. It will also improve the handling. The new car will offer a longer list of features, which is likely to include the Smartplay infotainment unit seen on costlier cars from this brand. It’s too early to speculate on the specifications of the new car. However, reports suggest that the 2018 Maruti WagonR for India might continue using the existing 1.0-litre engine with a 5-speed Manual Transmission and AMT.
In Japan, it comes with a 51 BHP, 660cc petrol engine along with a 3.1 BHP hybrid motor. The Stingray on sale in Japan comes with a 65 bhp powerplant. All the variants get a CVT as standard along with options of 2WD and 4WD. The WagonR has been a huge success in its home market. Thanks to its high practicality, high mileage, and easy maintenance, the hatchback has found lakhs of takers. Even in India, Maruti has sold over 20 lakh copies of this tallboy. This car has been among the top five bestselling models for more than a decade now. The popular hatchback has already seen two generations and a handful of facelifts during its tenure in India. The 2018 Maruti Wagon R India debut is now likely to take place at Auto Expo 2018.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)||October 2018|
The company is yet to let out an official word regarding the launch date of the next-gen WagonR. However, it looks very likely that the new car will make its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018. Subsequently, it will launch in the market around next year’s festive season. The 2018 Wagon R will be a complete model replacement of the current version. It’s too early to comment if Maruti would re-launch the Stingray brand with the introduction of the 2018 version.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Price in India
|Minimum Price||Rs 4.50 Lakh|
|Maximum Price||Rs 6.00 Lakh|
Currently, this tallboy retails for Rs 4.1 lakh to Rs 5.31 lakh. The next generation, which will have more features, a more modern platform, and a new design, will command a price premium over the current version. Also, the fact that the new car will safety features across all the trims should lead to a substantial increase in price. We expect the prices to start at Rs 4.50 lakh. The fully-loaded version should cost in the vicinity of Rs 6.00 lakh. The new car will justify the increase in price by offering a much better ownership experience through more features, better driving dynamics, and higher safety. The next version will be sufficient enough to fend off the competition from the likes of Tata Tiago.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Specifications
|Engine||1.0-litre K-Series Petrol|
|Max. Power||67 BHP|
|Peak Torque||91 Nm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual; AMT Automatic|
In the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), this tallboy has been on sale in three trims- FA, FX hybrid, and FZ hybrid. The entry-level model comes with a 660cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that offers a maximum power of 51 bhp along with a peak torque of 50 Nm. The hybrid motors available on the other two variants add another 3.1bhp and 50 Nm to the kitty. The Stingray version of the latest hatchback is also available in three trims – L, T Hybrid, and X Hybrid. The hybrid variants output a maximum power of 65bhp along with a peak torque of 98 Nm. All the engines come mated to a CVT. The car offers two drivetrain options – 2WD (two-wheel-drive) and 4WD (four-wheel-drive).
In India, the engine and transmission options will be carried over from the current model. This means it will get the same 1.0 K Series engine that has a max. power output of 67 BHP and offers a peak torque of 91 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard an optional AMT automatic.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Mileage
As the new 2018 Wagon R will use the same engine as other Wagon R models, the mileage remains unchanged. The Wagon R is capable of delivering up to 16 KMPL in the city and around 22 KMPL on the highway.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Exterior
The 2018 WagonR will have an all-new design that will look much more modern and attractive. That said, it will continue to have a tallboy architecture. It’s not for sure if the India-spec model will look much like the version on sale in Japan. However, chances are that the two versions will share many design cues between them. Underpinning the new generation Wagon R will be Suzuki’s new lightweight platform that not only makes the car lighter but also safer.
Safely expect Maruti to use chrome for the grille and some other styling bits of the exterior. The headlamps will be chunkier and will carry projector setups on the top-end model. The bumpers will be also larger and will look sportier. It is not sure if Maruti would re-launch the Stingray brand with the next-gen of its popular tallboy. However, in case that happens, safely expect the sportier version to have an edgier body kit and less chrome.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Dimensions
As we said, it’s not for sure that the new WagonR would look anywhere close to the Japan-spec model. However, the two will definitely share the platform. This means that the India-spec version will be similar in dimensions, if not the same. The JDM-spec WagonR measures 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and 1,660 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,460 mm. Currently, the India-spec WagonR is 3,599 mm long, 1,495 mm wide, and 1,670 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,400 mm.
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 Interior
Even the interior of the new Wagon R will be totally different from the current model. The next generation will offer much more space and even higher practicality. It will be also made up of better quality materials. The highlight of the dashboard will be a touchscreen infotainment unit that will further elevate the premium feel of the cabin. Also, the buttons and the knobs will have a much better feel to them. Other than this, the cabin will not only offer more space but will also be more flexible to carry additional luggage. Unlike the current version, which has a black-beige cabin, the next generation car will have an all-black treatment. The Stingray version, if it makes to India, will have red accents to add a touch of sportiness.
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