Not often do MPVs take the center stage at international motor shows. But the Indonesian market is different. The buyers there love their MPVs like we love our small hatchbacks. So it is only natural for automakers to bring new MPV models here. At the recently concluded Indonesia International Motor Show we saw the launch of three new MPVs.
The first was the Datsun GO+, a sub 4 meter MPV derived from the hatchback's design. The second was an MPV from Honda, once again based on a hatchback, the Brio. Honda Mobilio, however, was a premium MPV. The third one was an unexpected entry from Suzuki. Called Karimun Wagon R 3 Rows, this was a Wagon R based 7 seater MPV concept.
Karimun Wagon R 3 Rows Concept is a 7 seater MPV built on the Wagon R platform. Hence, the wheelbase remains the same.
The regular Wagon R measures 3595 mm. The Karimun concept adds to that a few extra millimeters to accommodate a third row of seat.
Though Suzuki has not provided any information regarding the new car it would be safe to assume that the Wagon R based MPV is a sub-4 meter MPV, much like the Datsun GO+.
Much like the Datsun GO+, the third row of seat looks uncomfortable and low. They would serve best as seats for kids.
In every other regard the Karimun Wagon R 3 Rows Concept seems to be the same as the regular Wagon R.
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Maruti Suzuki could launch the Wagon R based MPV in India sometime next year. When it does it is likely to be priced below the Ertiga and will be a direct competitor to Datsun GO+.
Davy Tuilan, Marketing Director of PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales said, "It's still a concept and no decision has been made". However, it has been confirmed that if this Wagon R goes into production, it would be a contender for the Indonesian LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) project, thereby availing some tax benefits.