In less than a month from now, on the 23rd of January 2019, Maruti Suzuki will launch the all-new WagonR hatchback in India. Even as there are few weeks left for the actual launch, the car has been fully revealed through a new set of spyshots, courtesy GaadiWaadi. As the spyshots reveal, the all-new WagonR has a host of design changes, and looks nothing like the outgoing version.
The only common thread in terms of looks between the two cars is the tall boy form factor. This apart, the incoming WagonR looks totally different from the outgoing version, both at the front and the rear. Why, even the profile of both cars are dissimilar. The headlamps of the new WagonR wraparound the sides, and are more curved than the squarish units found on the outgoing version.
On the sides, the all-new Maruti WagonR gets a rising window-line, and chunky wheel wells. These design cues give the all-new WagonR a crossover-ish stance, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Maruti readies up a butch version of the new car in future. At the rear, X’Mas tree tail lamps make an appearance for the first time on the WagonR line-up in India. Overall, the new WagonR is curvier than the outgoing model.
The interiors are also expected to be fully revised. A new dashboard is expected to host a touchscreen infotainment unit now that the WagonR’s chief rival – the Hyundai Santro – offers one. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options are likely to be offered with the touchscreen infotainment unit. Twin airbags will be offered across most trims with even the base model likely to get a driver airbag as standard.
This is in order to comply with the new BNVSAP safety norms. The new safety norms will also result in the all-new Maruti WagonR getting a host of other safety features. ABS+EBD, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder, provision for ISOFIX child seats and speed alerts are the various other features that the all-new WagonR is expected to get across all trims.
Mechanically, the new WagonR is expected to be similar to the second generation version it replaces. The 3rd gen model could continue using the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine – a tried and tested unit. Power and torque figures are also expected to be similar to those produced on the older model – 67 Bhp-90 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard while an AMT option will also be offered. As for pricing, the new car will be priced similar to its arch-rival – the Hyundai Santro.
On the older WagonR, this engine used to support dual fuel options such as petrol-CNG and petrol-LPG. These dual fuel options are expected to be carried over even to the new model. Notably, Maruti Suzuki is also working on an all-electric version of the WagonR. The all-electric model is at least a year away from launch though. It’ll arrive into India during 2020, as Maruti Suzuki’s first all-electric car. The WagonR Electric is expected to be much more costlier than the internal combustion engine equipped variants.