The evergreen WagonR is soon to get an all-new version, the next-generation WagonR has been launched in Japan. Here are the details of Maruti's all-time best-seller WagonR in its new avatar.
The new WagonR retains the tall boy design, yet it is a lot more sportier. The front profile receives the most significant update. The headlamp and the fog are now integrated but split with a simple and thin strip vertical grille.
The front bumper styling cues are seen running through the sides and forms the wheel arches as well. As for the dimensions of the new WagonR, the length has been decreased by 30mm, height by few mm; however, the wheelbase has increased by 60mm, thereby providing bigger cabin space.
As for the rear profile, the new version of the WagonR retains the boxy design, but with the taillights are horizontal compared to the vertical design we see in the current model. The taillights are integrated on the rear bumper itself.
Suzuki has revamped the interiors but retains the storage areas that the WagonR is known for. The new WagonR gets an all-new dashboard, while the instrument cluster has moved to the middle of the dashboard. The touchscreen infotainment system is similar to the Ignis with a tablet-like design.
Even the gear shifter is mounted on the dashboard rather than the regular floor mounted lever. Alongside the gear shifter, is the AC controls, which seems to be easier to operate from the co-driver seat position. The upholstery is an all-new black and beige theme with beige taking the dominant view.
The Suzuki WagonR or the Japanese model has been equipped with mild-hybrid and full-hybrid technology; however, this will not make it to the Indian model. The India-bound model is expected to feature the same 1.0-litre petrol unit which powers the current model. Maruti should bring the mild-hybrid model to WagonR to set it apart from its rivals.
Suzuki also launched the Stingray model of the WagonR and it retains the outlook as the current model in India. Also, the company launched a regular WagonR which is a lot simpler in terms of design. It is to be seen if India, price conscious market, will get the more stylish model or the regular model that has been launched in Japan.
India is expected to be introduced to the next-generation WagonR probably by 2018 and will be loaded with new features such as touchscreen infotainment system and reverse parking assistance either via a camera or sensors.
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