When Maruti Suzuki first launched its tall-boy hatch - the WagonR, in 1999, it was a runaway success. And a couple of face-lifts along the way just helped to keep the cash registers ringing. Almost a decade later, in 2010, Maruti upgraded its bestseller to match up to the competition (think Chevrolet Beat and the Hyundai i10). And now, two years since the new Maruti WagonR's launch, the company has rolled out yet another freshly redesigned version of its much-adored family car in four new versions - three petrol variants along with a CNG counterpart. The facelifted 2013 WagonR represents an impressive design turnaround. Besides a more pronounced exterior, the car offers elegance and features, not to forget, an improved fuel economy and a taller stance.
The modifications are mostly cosmetic in the new WagonR as the refurbished carries on the same 998 cc 3-cylinder, K-10 engine that spins 67 bhp @ 6200 and 90 Nm of torque @ 3500 rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission provides smooth manoeuvring of the car. The CNG version of the engine delivers 58 bhp @ 6200 rpm and 77 Nm of torque @ 3500 rpm.
The 2013 WagonR retains the cable type transmission and frame-type suspension of its predecessor model. Thanks to its gas filled setup, the car feels very different from the oil filled older mechanism. The NVH levels have also been improved. Maruti has doubly worked to improve the front suspension to ensure that the car handles better than before.
The power mill of the new car has been fine-tuned to deliver an impressive 8 percent extra mileage. The upgraded car claims to deliver a fuel efficiency of 20.51 kmpl (as per the CMVR Rule) in petrol and 19.3 kmpl in CNG.
The upgraded WagonR receives heavy revisions on the outside. It eschews the boring façade with a modish front fascia that now sports a fancy dual-slat front grille with a single horizontal slat and an exclusive stroke of chrome for the high-end LXi and VXi variants. The upgraded model gets a huge air dam and rearranged sporty fog lamps, not to forget the revised bumper that not only adds more character and body to the car, but also cuts down on friction considerably. On the rear, it retains the side and rear profiles of its predecessor, though it gets new revised taillights at the back.
The inside looks swish and refreshing, thanks to the all new dual-tone beige and black interiors and upholstery. While the upper half of the dashboard in beige looks classy, the black finish on the lower half just amps up its "oomph" quotient. The twin-tone theme is the same for the upholstery too, but only for the LX and LXi variants. The top-end VXi model comes with swanky all-beige upholstery.
The steering wheel and the dashboard mounted gearbox are new. The overall length of the WagonR has been slashed marginally while the wheelbase remains pretty much unchanged. Plus, it also gets a new storage compartment above the glove box along with the option of day/night view for the rear-view mirror. The VXi model gets an integrated Eagle Wings music system with integrated USB and AUX-in ports.
Besides a fresh dual-tone colour, Maruti Suzuki WagonR will be available in two new colors - Ecru Beige and Passion Red aside from the existing Glistening Grey, Superior White, Breeze Blue, Silky Silver, Baker's Chocolate.