New Maruti Wagon R gets K12 4-Cylinder petrol engine

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Just when everyone thought that the Solio might replace the ageing Wagon R in India, MSIL is gearing up to launch a new one. No, this is not the JDM Suzuki Wagon R that we saw almost two years ago.


The new Wagon R retains that tall-narrow-body silhouette, but looks a lot different from the JDM one. Notice the black insert on the C-pillar, similar to the one in the Swift. The rear-end is dominated by a rather tall tail lamps.

The vehicle measures 3,655 mm in length, 1,620 mm in width and 1675 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,435 mm. Compared to the outgoing VXi+ models (formerly Stingray), there’s an increase of 19 mm in length, 145 mm in width and 5 mm in height. As for wheelbase, there’s an increase of 35 mm.


The new dashboard houses a touchscreen infotainment system. However, it doesn’t appear to be the same unit as the one in the other models such as Swift or Baleno. Also notice the instrument cluster dominated by a large speedometer.

Which brings us to the business end of the story. The 998 cc 3-cylinder K10B petrol engine continues to power the new Wagon R, producing 50 kW (67 bhp) @ 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque @ 3,500 rpm.

For those who want more, there’ll also be a 1.2-litre (1,197 cc) 4-cylinder petrol engine on offer, producing 61 kW (82 bhp) @ 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, while the AGS (AMT) will be offered in VXi and ZXi models.

Compared to the outgoing model, the Kerb Weight of the new Wagon R has gone down (870 – 965 kg Vs 805 – 845 kg).

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