The Maruti Wagon R 2018 is going to launch in India sometime during the first half of 2019.
It is likely to feature an all-new platform, though there are speculations that it will retain the current one in order to keep the costs low.
Nonetheless, there will be a complete overhaul of the WagonR’s exterior and interiors design.
Not only this but for its 2018th iteration, this compact hatchback is going to come with a considerable feature upgrade.
In addition to this, there will be an increase in the overall safety equipment as well, right from the base variant onwards.
You can read more about the next-generation WagonR in this story where we tell all the information that you would like to know about this car.
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. Subsequently, it will launch in the market around festive season this year.
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.
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.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Engine 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 and an optional AMT automatic.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Mileage
As the new 2018 Wagon R will use the same engine as other models, the mileage remains unchanged. This car is capable of delivering up to 16 KMPL in the city and around 22 KMPL on the highway.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Dimensions
As we said, it’s not for sure that the new version of this car 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 version of this hatchback 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.
|Boot Space||250 L|
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.
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.
This hatchback has been a highly successful brand for Maruti Suzuki.
In it’s 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.
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.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Variants
The latest iteration of this compact hatchback will continue to retail through Maruti’s regular dealership outlets. As a result of this, it will have the automaker’s standard variant nomenclature.
- VXI Plus
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Features
Though this car will fall in the budget segment, the top-spec variants will still get a decent equipment list.
The feature list is likely to include projector headlamps, climate control with heater, touchscreen infotainment screen, steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors to name a few.
- Projector Headlamps
- Alloy Wheels
- Key-less Entry
- Tilt-Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Multi-Functional Steering Wheel
- Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Automatic Climate Control
- Parking Sensors With Camera
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Safety Features
In-line with the government regulations regarding the safety of the vehicle, this compact hatchback will get ABS with EBD and dual airbags as standard across the range.
In addition to this, the car will also get ISOFIX child seat mounts and seatbelt pretensioners.
- Dual Airbags
- ABS with EBD
- ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
- Reverse Parking Sensors
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Colours
The latest iteration of this compact hatchback will continue to retail in the following colour options.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Competition
As mentioned earlier, the prices of the new WagonR will remain almost identical to the model currently on sale.
Hence, it will continue to compete against the likes of other compact hatchbacks on the market. These include the Tata Tiago, Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Hyundai Santro.
Maruti Wagon R 2018- Specification Sheet
|Model||2018 Maruti Wagon R|
|Launch Date||Festive Season 2018|
|Price||INR 4.5 Lakh to INR 6.5 Lakh|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual/ 5-Speed AMT|
|Features||Touchscreen Infotainment System, Auto Climate, Projector headlamps, LED DRLs, Alloy Wheels|
|Safety Features||Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Reverse Parking Sensors, Reverse Parking Camera|
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