7 seater Maruti WagonR MPV produced as a prototype, launch January 2017 (Update)
Maruti WagonR has been an important car in the company’s lineup ever since it was launched in December 1999. Today, the WagonR is amongst the top 5 best selling cars in India.
Having undergone three major upgrades, one in 2003, second in 2006, and third in 2010, the next upgrade is going to be the biggest of all. One of the major updates to be undertaken under this new upgrade, is the strengthening of WagonR platform. Maruti Suzuki will strengthen WagonR’s platform so that it will also be able to accommodate a seven seater variant. Yes, the next generation WagonR will be offered in two variants – 5 seater and 7 seater.
The WagonR five seater variant is codenamed YCA, while the 7 seater variant is codenamed YJC. If we are to believe a new report, the first prototype of the WagonR seven seater variant is now produced.
Extensive research and customer interviews has resulted in Maruti Suzuki taking the decision to enter the ultra cheap MUV segment. (As of now, there is only one car on offer in this segment, Datsun Go+ – priced from Rs 3.79 lakhs)
But it will be some months before they actually launch a seven seater variant of WagonR. As per a report from Economic Times, the production of this new generation WagonR will be from Suzuki’s new plant in Mehsana, Gujarat, and not from their mother plant in Manesar, from where the existing WagonR is being produced.
Expect the new gen WagonR in 5 and 7 seat variants to be offered with new generation of petrol and diesel engine options. Price of both variants will be competitive, and be in the range of Rs 4-6 lakhs.