All New Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R
Overdrive|March 2019
All New Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R

This highly successful and much liked tall-boy hatch, has undergone a metamorphosis

BoB Rupani

Whenever the history of the Indian automobile industry is written, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR will be cited as one the biggest successes. Critics may have called it boxy, dull and utilitarian, not fun-to-drive and what not. But it proved them all wrong and with its simplistic approach, terrific functionality and gratifying space and affordability, the WagonR has become one of the favourite urban cars of our consumers. The latest new generation WagonR model that was launched recently at a starting price of 4.19 lakh (exshowroom Delhi), not only consolidates and enhances all its core qualities, but also offers new and smarter styling, better driving dynamics and a lot more.


The new Maruti WagonR is based on the Heartect platform, which means it has the same architecture as its siblings, the Swift, Baleno, Ignis, etc. The Heartect platform is not only much lighter for better performance and fuel efficiency, but with a fair amount of high strength steel being used, it’s also stronger and more rigid for superior safety, handling and also ride comfort.

The new WagonR is longer (3,655mm), taller (1,675mm) and more importantly, also wider (1,620mm) than the outgoing model. The additional width gives it a better stance and frankly, the Maruti designers have done splendidly well with the metamorphosis of the new WagonR. While it retains the practical tall-boy design and the inherent proportions and profile, all the simple and straight lines with the sharp edges have been smoothened out; there is a welcome fluency in the styling language and the tautness conveys both, strength and a newly created character. This well groomed latest personality of the WagonR is also well dressed with spearhead like dual headlamps, prominently sculptured shoulder lines, flared wheel arches, a slim grille with an energy streaming like structure and tall taillights that suggest the tail is shorter than it actually is. The floating roof further aids in concealing the height of this tall-boy a bit. While the redesign is truly commendable, I wish the doors had some more contours, then one could also state, the styling is genuinely well-rounded.



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March 2019