The third generation Wagon R sits on the Heartect platform and it derives power from a 1.2-litre K series petrol engine used in Swift
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) launched the third generation Wagon R in the first month of this year with plenty of anticipation. It was part of the brand’s push to refresh its domestic lineup and address the new-age customers. The strategy has indeed worked well as the all-new Wagon R has gained tremendous attention from the customers.
Stepping aside from its usual demeanour of being a no-frills budget car, Maruti Suzuki infused new life into the tall riding hatchback. Ditching conventionality, the latest Wagon R is based on the fifth generation Heartect architecture allowing for roomier cabin to the occupants as well as improving the dynamic and handling abilities of the model.
Just as a new-gen model should be, the exterior and interior changes have been comprehensive making the third-gen Wagon R more premium than ever before in its twenty years of presence in the domestic market. The 2019 Wagon R boasts a completely revised equipment level as well with the inclusion of touchscreen infotainment system enabling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
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As for the performance, the new Wagon R uses a 1.2-litre K series four-cylinder petrol engine already powering the Swift, Dzire, Baleno and Ignis. It develops 82 bhp and 113 Nm and is connected to either a five-speed manual or an AMT transmission. The regular 1.0-litre petrol unit stays put with manual and AMT gearbox choices as well.
The new Wagon R had a commanding start by garnering 10,048 unit sales in its first full month of February 2019 and it was followed by 16,152 units the following month as the tall rider crossed 16,000 mark for the first time in 11 months.
In the first month of FY2020, the Wagon R registered 11,306 units and it was the fifth most sold car last month with 14,561 units. Overall, in just its four full months, the new Wagon R has gone past 50,000 sales milestone and it could reach new heights along the course of this year. However, the competition has been strong as the revived Hyundai Santro had already reached the same feat.