Hatch Suzuki change generation: platform from Swift, more powerful engineJanuary 24, 2019
The premiere of the third generation of the five-door Wagon R budget designed for the Indian market was held. The model grew slightly and acquired a new engine.
The compact Wagon R has been produced in India at the plant of the joint company Maruti Suzuki since 1999, the second generation of the model debuted there in 2010. At the local market, hatch is very popular, although at the end of 2018 its sales sank: 152,020 units (-9%) were sold last year – this is the sixth line in the rating of the best-selling cars in the Indian market. Now the third generation hatch is presented.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R was transferred to the Heartect platform, which also underlies the latest Suzuki Swift and Baleno. The length has grown by 56 mm to 3655 mm, the size of the wheelbase has been increased by 35 mm to 2435 mm. But most of all Wagon R added in width – plus 125 mm (1620 mm). The trunk volume of the new generation model is 314 liters versus 180 liters for its predecessor.
As before, the compact is offered with a three-cylinder engine K10B 1.0, issuing 68 hp. and 90 Nm. At the same time, the Wagon R can now be bought with a more powerful engine – the petrol four-cylinder K12M 1.2 with a return of 83 hp. and a maximum torque of 113 Nm (there is one in the range of local Ignis). Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual or a robotic gearbox.
In the “base” of the new items there are driver’s airbag (passenger “Airbag” is available for a fee), ABS + EBD, rear parking sensors, air conditioning. For the top version provides fog, multimedia system with a touch screen, rear view camera.
The price of a new wagon R with a one-liter engine begins with a mark of 419,000 rupees. A hatchback with a 1.2 engine will cost at least 489,000 rupees. Note that the competitors have the basic versions cheaper: the price of the Hyundai Santro of a new generation in India starts at 390,000 rupees, Tata Tiago starts at 403,000 rupees, and Datsun GO starts at 329,000 rupees.
Outside of India, the new Maruti Suzuki is unlikely to get out. Meanwhile, the model under the name Wagon R is still in Japan: it is a key car, its length is 3,395 mm, although its wheelbase is larger than that of the “Indian” – 2,460 mm.
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