Suzuki will put the stretched version of the WagonR hatchback into production. However, the production timeline has been shifted. The development of the car has already begun and the switch from concept to a production reality is expected to happen in 2016. The seven seat WagonR was first unveiled at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show. Word emerging from Davy J Tuilan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Suzuki Indonesia, suggests that the 7 seat WagonR will feature better styling than what is seen on the five seat variant.
Indonesia is an MPV happy market, with buyers there preferring compact people movers to regular hatchbacks. The 7 seat WagonR will take on the Datsun Go+ MPV, which is due for a launch in India next year. For now, Maruti Suzuki has not revealed any intentions of launching the 7 seat version of the WagonR. However, considering the various similarities between the car markets of India and Indonesia, a launch for the WagonR 7 seater will not be out of place here.
The 7 seat WagonR is likely to retain the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that produces power and torque outputs of 67 Bhp and 90 Nm respectively. This tried and tested motor is compatible with CNG and LPG fuels in India. With Maruti Suzuki planning an 800 cc, twin cylinder turbo diesel engine for the Celerio, the same motor could make it to the WagonR 7 Seater if the hatchback makes it to Indian shores.
Armed with petrol, LPG, CNG and diesel options, the 7 seat WagonR could be a very formidable competitor in the Indian car market, where an average of 15,000 examples of the car are sold each month. Adding a diesel motor and a 7 seat variant are expected to boost sales further. The 7 seat WagonR is a sub-4 meter car, and will qualify for excise duty benefits under India’s current excise duty structure.