Power, stability and comfort are just a few highlights of what Maruti Suzuki has packed into the all-new third generation WagonR. While the new WagonR gets a bigger power plant alongside the existing 1.0 l engine, it has also been constructed on the fifth generation HEARTECT platform. This has not only created ample cabin room but has also made the WagonR more stable and comfortable to drive. That’s not all; the new model now comes with exciting features and at attractive price points. Here’s how it shapes up.
Maruti Suzuki has gradually been phasing out its older platforms, bringing new products on its fifth generation HEARTECT platform. This has also provided the company the flexibility to make world-class products that offer enhanced safety and build quality. With a few powertrains on offer, Maruti Suzuki has brought into the new WagonR its 1.2 l K-Series, four cylinder petrol engine alongside the 1.0 l, three cylinder mill that is now 10 % more efficient. The third generation WagonR has been introduced with features that make convenience and functionality more affordable to the masses. Maruti Suzuki aims to recreate the magic of the WagonR adopting a fresh new approach to a product that promises to be a smart choice of the average urban dweller.
CONSTRUCTION, POWERTRAIN & PLATFORM
Laid on the HEARTECT platform, the WagonR has become bigger and bolder. Looking closer at the dimensions of the hatchback, the WagonR now measures 3,655 mm in length, 1,620 mm in width and 1,675 mm in height. The wheelbase is now longer and measures 2,435 mm, that is around 35 mm longer than the outgoing model. With the new platform, the company has managed to create a wider car; the front track has increased by 140 mm while the rear track has increased by 150 mm. The increase in length has also added 17 mm to the length of the boot, creating more luggage room. Boot space now measures 341 l and with the second row folded down, the car can hold up to 710 l of cargo.
With a reasonably larger footprint on roads, the new WagonR can surely make an impression. To support it with a better performance, Maruti has brought in a new 1.2 l K-Series engine. This motor not only offers more power but also enhanced refinement; this is also a much-needed addition to a bigger body but also offers better NVH and Acoustic performance. Being a four cylinder engine, the motor feels refined and also brings down associated vibration levels. Producing a peak power of 81.3 hp at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, the new engine is fun and peppy to drive. The meat of the power lies high up in the band, but it also offers a strong mid-range that allows you to cruise without feeling outpaced. That said, at higher speeds one does tend to hear a lot of wind and engine noise, seeping inside the cabin. Maruti Suzuki is offering the new WagonR with a 5-speed manual transmission as well as the option of an AGS automated manual transmission.
The WagonR also sports a new suspension set-up at the rear. This has enhanced drivability and stability of the new WagonR immensely. The rear is now supported on a torsion beam suspension with coil springs. The overall suspension is now more adept at absorbing shocks and jolts, leaving occupants pleasantly comfortable inside. With the addition of a torsion beam in the rear, a wider track on the front and rear and the HEARTECT platform that offers more torsional rigidity, the new WagonR is capable enough to drive at higher speeds and feels very sturdy on road. While driving through winding roads, one can appreciate the changes that now offer the driver a great deal of control. This is also facilitated by additions such as ABS with EBD and a disc & drum brake combination, which offers strong performance.
DESIGN & INTERIORS
Maruti Suzuki has enhanced the looks of the new WagonR, giving the tall boy design new contoured and chiselled looks. The facade has a spilt headlamp cluster, which is stylish to look at and sitting smack in the middle is an urban looking grille, with subtle use of chrome. The side profile features designer elements with multiple character lines and squarish wheel arches that present a 3D look. Moving to the rear, the tail lamps are designed to give the WagonR a broader look and a fat slab of chrome gives the new hatch a modish feel.
On the inside, the cabin of the new WagonR sports a dual tone colour scheme with black and beige bits. The dash has been constructed to present a trendier look. The front of the dashboard features a 3D ‘X’ shaped design and houses the infotainment unit on a floating dash mounted console. The steering wheel has been remade and is now quite chic with a glossy grey finish. Seating on the inside is comfortable with ample space for five occupants. However, the seats do not offer adjustable head restraints for the front or the rear. That said, the bolstering on the seats is adequate for most drivers.
TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES
In an effort to make the WagonR appeal to the modern day buyer, many new features have come in to the line-up. Topping the list is a 17.78 cm infotainment unit that features the new layout from Suzuki. A Smartplay Studio has been created for a premium user experience with the audio media unit. This allows you to sync your mobile device through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Any user in the confines of the car can control the music, radio, navigation and many other features of the infotainment unit through the Smartplay Studio mobile application. Users also get the option of receiving alerts from the car.
Maruti Suzuki’s ‘Big New WagonR’ comes with a vast feature list to go along with the aforementioned tagline. The list now includes electrically retractable & operated ORVMs, voice recognition, Bluetooth, AUX & USB connectivity, steering mounted controls for audio & Bluetooth telephony, ORVM turn signals, rear wiper & washer, rear windscreen defogger, tilt adjustable steering column, power windows with a driver side auto down function, keyless entry, 12 V power socket, gearshift indicator, rear parking sensors, dual airbags, high-speed alerts and much more.
The all-new WagonR is a highly capable machine meant to cater to a class of urban dwellers that make ‘smart choices.’ The hatchback does not just have more space and a powerful engine; as a package it is very comprehensive, covering a majority of current consumer needs , without any unwanted additions. To top it all off, the new WagonR comes in at Rs 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.0 l engine option on the LXI trim, and Rs 4.89 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.2 l engine VXI variant. The fully loaded top spec model is being retailed at Rs 5.22 lakh (ex-showroom).With one look at the overall package, at these price points, the WagonR should be a runaway success.
TEXT: Joshua David Luther
PHOTO: Bharat Bhushan Upadhyay