The Suzuki Solio is a stretched wheelbase hatchback that is based on the super successful WagonR platform. One such example was spotted outside Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon factory. As is evident from the registration plates, the Solio is not a test mule but could be a car imported by Maruti Suzuki to be employed in customer clinics or for research.
The Solio is an interesting car in the Indian market’s perspective given the fact that the 7 seat MPV space is going to see a new addition early next year, in the form of the Datsun Go+. Suzuki has already responded to the Go+ through the WagonR 3 Rows concept that was showcased at last year’s Indonesia International Motor Show.
The Solio could be one step ahead of the WagonR 3 Rows concept as Suzuki of China has already begun testing a three row version of the hatchback for the Chinese domestic car market. Such a hatchback, in a compact sub-4 meter form factor, could radically alter the market, by offering the masses a new people mover at a much lower cost than regular MPV.
The Solio is based on the Suzuki Palette, and not the WagonR, although both the cars use the WagonR platform as their underpinnings. In its home market of Japan, the Suzuki Solio uses the K12B engine, which is a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol motor that outputs 85 Bhp and 114 Nm. In India, this engine also powers the likes of the Swift and Ritz hatchbacks.
An interesting aspect of the Solio is that the conventional rear doors at the rear make way for electric sliding doors. The middle row has copious leg room on the 5 seat model, which is expected to reduce in the 7 seat model. If launched in India, the Suzuki Solio is expected to be positioned between the WagonR and the Ertiga.
As of now though, the mere sighting of the test mule doesn’t mean much as many Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) spec Suzuki cars have been sighted in and around Maruti Suzuki’s factory at Gurgaon in the past, with no launch plans in order.
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