Suzuki India has launched the 3rd generation WagonR with a bigger 1.2 L K
series engine. The WagonR from Maruti Suzuki was always a tall boy that
appealed to a cross section of people in India. They say the proof of the
pudding is in the eating. Since its debut in 1999, the WagonR has sold over 2.2
million units and it has been a first car for nearly half of them. It features
among the top 5 best-selling cars in India for nearly two decades.
got to drive the top end ZXi variant of the 1.2 litre model that comes with a
manual transmission. The automatic AGS technology is offered in both the 1
litre and 1.2 litre models of the new WagonR.
1197cc, 4 cylinder, K series
5 speed manual
MacPherson strut with coil spring
Torsion beam with coil spring
Fuel tank capacity
341 litres / 710 litres (2nd Row folded)
Length X width X height (mm)
3655 x 1620 x 1675
Exterior Design and
What I like about the new WagonR is the fact that the
company has retained the tall boy looks that have always excited its customers.
But now they have fine tuned the looks to make it appear as a stylish family
car that can appeal to the young and not so young alike. The exterior design
now looks robust and appealing with a modern architectural grille. Then there
are the dual-split headlamps and fog
lamps. The side profile gets all smart with its flared wheel arches. The new WagonR gets electrical retractable
and adjustable ORVMs with side indicators, roof antenna, full wheel caps, rear
wiper and washer. The B and C pillar black out tape, body coloured door
handles, body coloured bumpers and body coloured ORVMs enhances the looks of
the vehicle. The rear too is now a little more attractive, especially with the
vertical tail lamps. The top end could have done with standard alloy wheels.
Interior Design and
Since the new WagonR has been built on the 5th
generation HEARTECT platform, it has resulted into several safety related
enhancements and space. Compared to its predecessor, this one has a 35mm
increase in wheelbase (resulting in more front and rear row space), 140mm increase
in front width and 150mm width increase at the rear.
This model gets remote keyless entry and dual tone
interiors. The cabin is spacious. Then there is an ‘X’ themed instrument panel
with 3-D Cross section. You get a floating dashboard and smart instrument
cluster. There are multi-finish accentuated AC Vents.
What a customer wants in India is lots of storage space in a
car. The company has offered that in plenty with bottle and magazine holders. There
are bottle holders on all four doors and the floor console. The co passenger
side front seat gets an under tray and rear back pocket. There are seatbelt
pre-tensioner and force limiter for the driver and co passenger. There is also a
seat belt reminder with buzzer for these two.
2nd row seats have a 60:40 split which ensures that you can increase
the boot space accordingly from the level of 341 litres. The boot space by
itself is quite large. USB slots for
rear passengers could have been an added advantage, especially now that we live
in an age where children are obsessed with their electronic gadgets. Rear AC
vents too would have been a good addition.
The Instrument cluster meter theme is white, with features
like low fuel warning, digital tachometer, gear shift indicator and indicators
for fuel consumption, distance to empty, headlamp on warning, door ajar warning,
To make driving easy, you get day-night adjustable inside
rear view mirror. Other features include steering wheel garnish, silver inside
door handles, driver side sun visor with ticket holder, front passenger side
vanity mirror sun visor, rear defogger, accessory sockets for front row with
storage space, power windows on all four, and driver side auto down function,
AC and heater,
get tilt adjustable steering wheel and steering mounted audio and calling
controls. To ensure that the new generation customers stay connected in this
car, the new WagonR comes with next generation SmartPlay Studio Infotainment
system. The SmartPlay Studio is a seven inches touch infotainment system that
combines smartphone, vehicle and cloud-based services. In addition to listening
to your favourite music, you can surf news, get the latest weather updates and
also locate eateries around you. The infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
you think that this new WagonR is a tall boy meant for some simple road
driving, then you are completely wrong. I pushed this new machine on some very
rough patches and it came out with flying colours. Since this new machine gives
you 113Nm of peak torque and an 82hp of peak power, it’s no pushover. To top
it, it also gives a decent fuel efficiency of 21.5 km/l, which is nearly 10%
higher than the outgoing model. Features like speed alarm system, security
alarm, rear parking sensors, central locking, child proof rear door lock, are
good enough to make this an ideal family car.
to the drive, the 1.2 litre engine performs well with very good acceleration
and though I do not recommend driving beyond speed limits, I pushed it hard and
realised that it travelled at high speeds without any wobble or any discomfort.
The vehicle was planted to the road and body roll was too minimal to even fret
about. The suspension has been tuned well for a comfortable ride. Ride handling
is decent to say the least.
it’s built on the 5th generation HEARTECT platform, it increases safety of
occupants through effective absorption of impact and dispersion of crash energy
and assures stability. Use of 40% high tensile steel provides better strength,
safety, rigidity and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performance. Safety
features including Driver airbag, ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD
(electronic brake force distribution), front seat belts reminder, speed alert
system and rear parking sensors are standard across variants. The all-new
WagonR meets all applicable regulations including offset, side crash and
pedestrian safety norms.
all-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR will win several hearts from die-hard WagonR fans.
First and foremost, the company has retained the tall boy design which by
itself is a commendable thing. Along with that, they have also made it stylish
both from the outside as well as from the inside. A lot of comfort and
convenience have been added and the cherry on the cake is the new 1.2 litre
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