Maruti Wagon R has been one of the highest-selling cars in the country since time immemorial. The WagonR, which is in its second-generation in India, has found a lot of acceptance owing to its airy interior, frugal yet peppy engine, attractive price tag, and easy maintenance. It has now come to light that Maruti Suzuki plans to replace the Wagon R with an all-new version. It’s being said that the Suzuki Solio, which MSIL has been caught testing on our roads in the past, will be launched in India as the next-gen Wagon R. Also, there are very high chances of us getting a 7-seat configuration. Moreover, the new Maruti Wagon R 7-seater version will be launched this year itself.
Upon launch, the rebadged Solio will become a direct rival to the Datsun Go+. In addition, it will likely become very popular among fleet operators and those with large families. In the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the Suzuki Solio has been on sale with a 1.2-liter petrol-hybrid motor that outputs 90 bhp and 118 Nm. For the Indian market, MSIL will have the option of either retaining the current 1.0-liter K10 three-cylinder petrol engine or going for the 1.2-liter K12 four-cylinder unit that powers the Maruti Swift and a range of other Maruti cars. The K10 motor outputs 67 bhp and 90 Nm. The K12 engine, on the other hand, offers 82 bhp and 114 Nm. The current transmission options (5-speed manual and AMT) will be retained. Even the factory-fitted CNG option looks very likely to be carried over to the next-gen Wagon R.
Like we said, the new Maruti Wagon R 7-seater version should make tremendous sense to those with large families. It can easily act as a mini-MPV for all those who’ve thought of the Eeco to be a bit too utilitarian. On the other hand, fleet operators are bound to love the extra seats on offer. It’s said that the production of the 7-seat model will start in September 2018. Hence, a Diwali season launch looks very likely. Of course, there are very good chances of a price hike. But the new car will most probably justify this price premium through more seats. It’s worth a mention here that Maruti Suzuki has already showcased a 7-seater Wagon R in India at one of the earlier Auto Expos. The car that was showcased was the Wagon R R3, which is basically a popular model in Indonesia.