New Maruti WagonR Spied Testing

April 17 2018

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The updated WagonR is likely to be based on Mauti’s new Heartect platform

The WagonR has been one of the most popular models for Maruti Suzuki since its  introduction in 1999. So much so that in November 2017, the WagonR  became the third Maruti to breach the 20 lakh sales milestone after the Maruti 800 and the Alto. 

And now, it seems like Maruti is planning to launch the next-gen  WagonR in India soon. It has been spotted testing recently. As far as  its proportions as concerned the new WagonR looks similar to the  outgoing model as it gets large windows and vertically stacked tail  lamps. Other details remain unknown as the test mule is heavily  camouflaged. The new WagonR is likely to be based on the Heartect  platform that underpins the Ignis, Baleno and the 2018 Swift.  

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Suzuki revealed the Heartect platform-based 2017 WagonR in Japan last  year and we expect the upcoming Wagon R’s design to be inspired by  that. Upfront, the Japan-spec WagonR sports a two-piece grille flanked  by large square-shaped headlights, and the bumper looks simple with a  large air dam. The sides remain clean, with large windows and a  prominent line running across the profile. At the rear, it gets a large  windscreen and tail lamps housed below in the bumper.

Talking about the engine, the upcoming WagonR is likely to be powered  by the same 1.0-litre engine found on the outgoing model. The new-gen  WagonR will not only be ready for the upcoming crash test norms of India  (BNVSAP) but will sport a BSVI engine in future. Related: Maruti Alto To Be BSVI-Compliant Before 2020

As far as features are concerned, considering the competition, the  updated WagonR is likely to get a touchscreen infotainment system,  manual AC, all four power windows and standard safety features such as  dual front airbags, ABS and Isofix mounts. We expect features like rear  parking sensors, projector headlamps and DRLs to also make their way to  the list.

We expect the new WagonR to come to the market by mid-2019 as the new  safety norms are set to come into effect from October 2019, requiring  every car sold in India to be crash test-compliant.

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