Maruti Suzuki today launched new hatchback WagonR which is also being called as “The Blue-Eyed Boy”. The BS IV compliant new WagonR features the K-Series engine, the same unit which powers the A-Star and generates 68PS.
Maruti Suzuki claims that the new WagonR has a fuel efficiency of 18.9 kmpl. The new car also features a new suspension and gearbox. The company claims that the new Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit reduces the temperature by five degrees when compared to the older version.
The wheelbase of the new WagonR, at 2400mm, is about 40 mm longer than the older one. Safety features in the new WagonR include ABS, airbags and fog lamps, although they are available only in the top model.
Maruti Suzuki has kept the pricing of the new WagonR very competitive. While the LX variant of the new car would cost Rs 3.28 lakh, the LXi variant would cost Rs 3.57 lakh. The VXi variant would be available at 3.81 lakh, and the top-end VXi version with ABS plus Airbags would cost Rs 4.12 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR has been one of the best selling models for the company. Since its launch in 2001, Maruti Suzuki has sold 8.8 lakh units of the car in India and exported 5.5 lakh units to various countries. More than 11,000 units of the old WagonR were sold during March 2010.
There was a time when the cheap and cheerful WagonR featured a 1061cc engine that produced 64bhp. The car got a facelift during 2006 that included a nose job. The same year witnessed the launch of WagonR Duo which could run on LPG apart from petrol.
The new WagonR has taken an investment of Rs 290 crore and will be rolled out with a new engine. Introduction of other variants would depend on customer response.
The company has invested Rs 290 crore in upgrading the car that will be rolled out from the company’s Gurgaon plant. The car will be first sold in India and may reach the neighbouring nations later.