Maruti Suzuki WagonR BS6 launched in India: Much more expensive than current version

Maruti Suzuki India, the largest passenger car manufacturer in India has silently added the BS6 compliant all-new WagonR to its line-up. The BS6 compliant 1.0-litre engine debuted in the market with the introduction of the all-new Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. The same engine will now be available with the all-new WagonR.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR BS6 launched in India: Much more expensive than current version

It should be noted that the all-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR, which was launched earlier this year gets powered by two different engine options – 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine of the WagonR has been upgraded to the upcoming emission norms while the 1.2-litre four-cylinder was upgraded earlier to meet the new emission norms. Maruti Suzuki is expected to upgrade all their current products to the BS6 emission norms before the official implementation of the BS6 emission norms in India, which will happen in April 2020. The manufacturer is currently the only one to offer a wide range of BS6 compliant products in the Indian market. In fact, Maruti Suzuki sold more than 70% BS6 compliant vehicles out of the total sales.

With the introduction of the BS6 compliant engine, Maruti Suzuki has also announced a price hike. The base version of the all-new WagonR BS6 is priced at Rs 4.42 lakhs, which is about Rs 8,000 more expensive than the BS4 compliant version of the car. All the versions of the vehicle including the top-end VXI (O) version have received an Rs 8,000 price hike.

Visually and feature-wise, the vehicle remains identical to the BS4 compliant version of the WagonR. It retains the 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT automatic transmission. However, the upgrade work on the engine has made the mileage to slightly drop from 22.5 km/l to 21.79 km/l. The power and torque output remain the same.

The all-new third-generation Maruti Suzuki WagonR was launched in the Indian market to replace the ageing model. The all-new WagonR is based on the HEARTECT platform that also underpins a host of other Maruti Suzuki cars in the Indian market. The all-new WagonR is currently the best-selling vehicle in the segment and it outsells the competitors by a huge number.

Maruti Suzuki has already announced that the brand will discontinue all the diesel-powered vehicles in the Indian market post the implementation of the BS6 norms in the Indian market. While most of the models have already received the BS6 updates in the Indian market, only diesel-powered models like the S-Cross and the Vitara Brezza continue to be BS4. Maruti Suzuki plans to launch both the models with the BS6 compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers a host of other Maruti Suzuki cars. Maruti Suzuki has also deferred the launch of the electric cars for the passenger market. Instead, the all-new WagonR EV will be launched for the cab operators in the coming time.