So there are no official plans for the launch of the Maruti Wagon R 7-seater in the Indian market due to the lack of demand in the budget MPV space.
Maruti Suzuki introduced the third generation iteration of the Wagon R compact hatchback in India last month. Based on an all-new platform, the new iteration of this family hatchback comes with an a major overhaul, be it the exteriors, interiors or the space and features that it offers inside the cabin.
For the first time in this car’s history, it even gets two powertrain options. One is the older 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder unit. While the other is the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder unit borrowed from the Swift. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox. And there is a 5-speed AMT as well.
For the first time the Wagon R now also gets the top-spec ZXI trim level. In this, buyers get features such as a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, rear wiper with washer, power windows, steering mounted audio controls among other features.
The 2019 Maruti Wagon R also comes with a considerable number of safety features as standard which were earlier only available on the top-spec variant. It now comes with a driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and high-speed alert system as standard across the range.
There were a number of speculations regarding the launch of a seven-seater variant of the Wagon R in India. Reports said that Maruti Suzuki is likely to begin production of the same sometime during the first half of this year. However, in an official press conference last year, senior management of Maruti Suzuki confirmed that the company has no plans to introduce an MPV iteration of this hatchback in the Indian market.
The reason cited for the same is that at the moment, there is no substantial demand for MPVs in the budget segment. The same is quite right as the only offering in this space, the Datsun Go Plus has so far seen a rather underwhelming response. Maruti Suzuki currently sells the Ertiga, 7-seater people carrier in the price range of INR 7 lakh to INR 10 lakh. It is the unchallenged leader in its space.