New Maruti WagonR diesel spied undisguised ahead of launch

The next generation Maruti Suzuki WagonR is reportedly based on a lightweight HEARTECT platform. Hat tip to Varun Sharma for spotting and clicking the images.

Spied testing at the National Capital Region, the next generation Maruti Suzuki WagonR was spied undisguised by Rushlane reader Varun Sharma. Set to be launched in the coming months, the new 5 seater WagonR is slated to be positioned on a lightweight HEARTECT platform – just like the new Swift and Dzire.

Sporting the distinct tall boy design, exterior features include wrap around headlamps, a horizontal bar running across front grille sporting the distinct Suzuki logo and badge (Maruti name is missing, just like is seen in all new cars from the company), 4 slat air dam, etc. It sits on steel wheels, rear section is now revised, and features LED tail lamps.

Overall, the car will look much smarter than what we see today. On the inside, expect more legroom for rear passengers as well as new features like touchscreen infotainment system with steering mounted controls. It will also get airbags and ABS as standard safety features. Another addition is that of Idling Stop, badge of which can be seen at the rear. This feature will help in increasing fuel efficiency.

The new WagonR will measure more or less same as compared to the current WagonR, which is 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall. Wheelbase might get longer as the new platform aims to offer a better ride and handling. It is targeted for sale to private buyers as well as to those in the cab segment.

Engine too could be updated to offer better performance and fuel efficiency. The current WagonR is powered by a 998cc, 3 cylinder K10B petrol engine offering 67 bhp power at 6,500 rpm and 90 Nm torque at 3,500 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual and 5 speed AMT.

The car in the spy shot is a CBU unit which is powered by a diesel engine. It has already been revealed that by 2020 Maruti will stop using Fiat diesel engines and thereby save on royalty which they pay to Fiat for using their engines. By 2020, a range of new diesel engines will be launched by Maruti Suzuki which will replace the existing 1.3 liter DDiS mill from their current lineup.

Image – Tirth Pandya

The new engine range will meet BS VI emission norms, while the new cars will comply with more stringent safety norms under Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). More details will be revealed once the car is launched.