WagonR is one of the most popular hatchbacks in India. It is known for being a value for money car, offering tons of space at a reasonable price. Sold in India as the Maruti Suzuki WagonR, the hatchback is actually sold in several international countries and in many global markets including Japan, it is one of the best small hatchbacks. While the WagonR saw its Indian entry in 1999 after Hyundai captured the market with the Santro, it was being sold in the international markets since 1993. But the most interesting fact about the WagonR probably is that it was endorsed by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio for several years. That’s right, the Inception star featured in numerous TVCs of the car during his younger days. The video below by Jerry shows 4 such WagonR commercials featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.
As seen in the video, the Hollywood star is promoting the cars pretty enthusiastically in these TV commercials. The tag line of the car at that time seems to be ‘Go WagonR’ as the actor says that during every commercial. In fact, after the success of Titanic, Leo was bombarded with endorsements and he promoted several cars including the Honda Civic among others. The WagonR models shown in this video are not Indian spec models though, as the Indian spec cars were altered a bit by Maruti Suzuki to suit our conditions better.
Considered a Kei car in Japan, the WagonR is known for its distinctive tall boy design and loads of cabin space. While it may not be as enthusiast-focused in terms of driving pleasure as seen in the video above, it still offers a level of practicality that few cars can match. In India, the car was launched in 1999 after which it became an instant hit due to its affordable pricing, cabin space and a commendable fuel efficiency figure. While a lot of people are still not fond of the WagonR due to the way how it looks, the monthly sales of the car bare it all. It is the go-to car for small families who want a no-nonsense vehicle that has excellent mileage and space for everyone.
Talking about the current generation WagonR sold in India, it was launch on the 23rd of January this year. It gets powered by either a 1.0-litre engine or a 1.2 litre engine. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine produces 67 Bhp of power at 5,500 rpm along with 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. Meanwhile, The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 82 Bhp of power at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 113 Nm at 4,200 rpm. This is the same engine that also does duty on the likes of Ignis and the Swift among others. Both the engine comes with an automatic (AMT) gearbox option apart from a 5-speed manual gearbox.