2019 Maruti Wagon R likely to deliver 24+ kmpl, might get Smart Hybrid Technology too and the launch expected in early 2019 with standard safety features
Maruti Suzuki WagonR has been one of the longest-serving car from the Maruti stable in India. The current-generation WagonR is expected to be replaced before April 2019 and it will be replaced with the all-new model. Maruti will also launch the electric version of the WagonR as their first electric automobile in India and have already started working on it as Maruti announced on-road testing of 50 WagonR EVs in India for the development process recently.
Talking about the regular WagonR, it is expected to offer a lot more than the current version of the car. The all-new WagonR will be lightweight due to the modified platform and will be bigger than the current version too. This will allow a roomier interior, which will be one of the USPs of the upcoming hatchback.
Even though Maruti has not revealed any details about the upcoming WagonR, there is a good chance that it will be powered by the same 1.0-litre engine. However, the engine is expected to be updated and BS VI ready.
Recently, Maruti introduced its first-ever petrol mild-hybrid SHVS system with the updated Ciaz. To increase the fuel efficiency of the car, Maruti may also offer the same hybrid system with the WagonR. The current version of the Maruti Suzuki WagonR returns a maximum of 20.51 km/l but with the mild hybrid system and lightweight body, the efficiency can increase to more than 24 km/l.
Adding the SHVS system may increase the price by a bit but the mileage-sensitive customers would not mind paying a bit extra for the higher returns on the fuel.
Maruti Suzuki is also testing the WagonR electric, which is currently in its prototype stage. In Japan, Suzuki sells hybrid versions of the WagonR but there is no full-electric version of the hatchback. India will become the first country to get the all-electric version of the hatchback.