Maruti Suzuki to launch 7-seat Wagon R based MPV by June 2019, likely a Nexa Product

The 7 seat version of the Wagon R will boast of premium interiors and will take on the upcoming Renault Triber.

The talks of Maruti Suzuki to likely introduce the 7-seater version of the Wagon R had been going on for a long time now. While we had been speculating many things, the 7-seat Wagon R is now ready for launch and will likely arrive in June, 2019. What’s most interesting is that Maruti might exclusively sell the 7-seat Wagon through Nexa – Maruti’s premium retail outlet.

The new generation of the Wagon R was built on a slightly larger platform and even came with a bigger engine from the last generation. The reason why Maruti Suzuki did so is that to be able to build a longer wheelbase version of Wagon R which could sport 3-rows of seating and have the USP of 7 seats.

maruti wagon r 7-seater front profile
7-seater Wagon R concept

Now, whether Maruti will offer the vehicle as a premium Nexa product or a regular Arena product is something that Maruti is still finalizing. The Wagon R sales have shrunk after the introduction of the new generation because the new car is bigger and is positioned higher than the previous model.

The last generation Wagon R was a huge volume generator for Maruti Suzuki given its entry point and the new 7-seat Wagon R could very well suffice for the numbers of the Wagon R, if it is sold through the regular Arena outlet.

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On the other hand, Maruti wants to sell the new sub-4m MPV as a Nexa Product as the new car will come fairly well loaded and will sport a more premium interior too. It will also put the new 7-seat Wagon R in a competitive position to take on the upcoming Renault Triber, which too will boast of 7-seats.

If at all the new 7-seat Wagon R is sold from the Nexa outlet, Maruti will very likely give it a new name to differentiate it as a Nexa product. Maruti also needs to differentiate the new car from its other 7-seater MPV, the Ertiga, which is an Arena product. This is why it makes all the more sense for Maruti to sell the new car as a Nexa product which will feature a slightly more plush interiors.

Maruti Wagon R with extended wheelbase at Auto Expo 2018
Maruti Wagon R with extended wheelbase

The 7-seat Wagon R is expected to be powered by the 1.2L, K12M, petrol engine found in the Wagon R which produces 82 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. Expect the 5-speed AMT/AGS transmission to be offered as well. In the future, there would be a hybrid and also an EV variant of the same car.

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When launched, the 7-seat version of the Wagon R will take on the Datsun Go+ which is also a 7-seater MPV and has been on Indian roads for quite some time now. Some other manufacturers are also looking into this sub-4m MPV space, one of them being Renault, who is going to launch the Triber sub-4m MPV very soon.

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