It was in 2001 that Maruti Suzuki introduced Wagon R (called as Mr.Wagon elsewhere) to India which turned out to be the best selling car in its category (See Chevy Beat). Now, in an attempt to take that success further, Maruti Suzuki has introduced an all new Wagon R that from top to bottom has got a real make over.
The external looks
If you called the old Wagon R a ‘tall boy’, now call the New Wagon R as ‘tallest boy’. Yes, the height of the body has increased from being 1.53 meters to 1.7 meters (including the roof rails for Vxi and Lxi models, else for the Lx model the height stands at 1.67 meters). The length of the car is also increased from 3495mm to 3595mm and the width, albeit slightly, has gone up by 2mm.
Apart from the LBH variants of the car, the look of the car has also changed with the front bonnet being increased in length just like they did for the New Zen Estilo. The headlamps are changed and are more authoritative than the old rectangular shaped lamps. The back end is a kinda love it or hate it type when compared to the old model. The new one also includes a rear viper, much to the delight of the drivers during rainy seasons.
One thing that strikes out is the improvement in the Dashboard design. Not the structural changes, but the quality of material used is better than the previous model. But sadly, this no where comes close to what Hyundai can produce and definitely is an area where Maruti has to seriously improve.
The rear seat can now be split into two and folded separately unlike previously where you can only fold the rear seat as a whole. The low floor at the rear end exists in the New Wagon R too which always helps giving you a feel of more room for your legs.
Most importantly, the entire engine is changed from the previous 1061cc to the new 3 cylinder 998cc K series engine which Maruti calls ‘Leaner Meaner Fitter’. And yes, its way way better refined than the old sluggy engine.
The new K series engine delivers a maximum power of 68Ps at 6200 rpm (64Ps at 6200 rpm for the Old Wagon R) and a maximum torque of 90Nm at 3500 rpm (84Nm at 3500 rpm).
The gearbox which used to be dreadful in the old Wagon R (especially while engaging the reverse gear), almost looks flawless in the new Wagon R.
So that’s about all the major differences in the New Wagon R when compared to the old Wagon R.
And by the way, the prices of the New Wagon R in Ex Showroom Hyderabad are as follows:
Wagon R LX: Rs.3,41,892 for Metallic and Rs.3,38,670 for the Non metallic model
Wagon R LXi (BS4): Rs.3,66,621 for Metallic and Rs.3,63,399 for Non metallic model
Wagon R VXi (BS4): Rs.3,90,420 fro Metallic and Rs.3,87,197 for Non metallic model (Add another Rs.31000 if you need ABS with your VXi, for both Metallic and Non Metallic models)