The Bigger Picture

Auto Today|March 2019

The Bigger Picture

It’s new and bigger for sure but is it any better? The first drive invite took us to the city of lakes and driving the new Wagon R right besides one, we found the answer.

Abik Das

Take a moment and look around your immediate surroundings. It wouldn’t come as a surprise that nearly every second object takes the shape of a rectangle or square in different forms. Tables, drawers, beds, buildings, appliances just about everything around you are box-shaped objects. Why? Well, it’s because boxes offer space, ease of storage, the convenience to file and organise in an orderly fashion. Imagine storing your clothes in a spherical wardrobe? Or keeping files in a round-shaped cabinet? It would be a nightmare! Even the text that you’re reading is either off a rectangular screen or a magazine.

The Wagon R then, is the ideal shape for a multi-utility car. A car that doesn’t need to be streamlined for speed, doesn’t have to be exquisitely contoured in an elegant shape or to wear a prized insignia. In fact, it needs to be quite the opposite. The Wagon R was always designed as a practical workhorse, as a pragmatic object of mobility that serves the various purposes that the Indian audience demands from it. In fact, India loved the boxy hatchback so much that a solid two decades have helped it climb the ladders of sales, selling over two million units thus far.

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March 2019