Spied – What is this JDM Suzuki Wagon R doing in India?

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 - 2:46pm IST

The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Suzuki Wagon R is different from the Indian spec Maruti Wagon R in many aspects.

Suzuki Wagon R JDM caught testing in Gurgaon

For starters, the JDM Wagon R is a ‘Kei’ car and that means it’s powered by a 660cc petrol engine. The motor is available in both normally aspirated and turbocharged guises producing 52bhp and 64bhp respectively. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are on offer.

Suzuki Wagon R JDM caught testing in India

This JDM Wagon R was seen roaming around in India and here are the spyshots from our ardent reader Mr. Vaibhav Gupta from Gurgaon. While the Indian spec car has its license plate enclosure on the hatch door, the JDM car has it on the bumper. And the taillights are also slightly different.

2013 Suzuki Wagon R dashboard

The front fascia and the interior of the JDM Wagon R are completely different from that of the Indian car. The JDM gets ‘bench-like’ front seats and the gearbox has been mounted on the dashboard. Something we have seen on the Nissan Dayz.

So what is this Wagon R doing in India? Well, this is not the first time we are seeing foreign cars testing on Indian soil without having a real intention of launching here. Our guess is that the Japanese hatchback is here purely for testing purposes.

2013 Suzuki Wagon R front
The JDM Wagon R received a minor facelift for 2013.

Suzuki is increasing the contribution of its Indian technical team with every new product and there are chances that the JDM Wagon R could be testing a locally developed component or a system.

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4 thoughts on “Spied – What is this JDM Suzuki Wagon R doing in India?

  1. Pratiik says:

    May be for testing purpose.
    They wanted to launch a version of wagon R which would sit above our current version. To revive the brand and make some hype.

    They are now launching the Stingray version. Maybe they tested both.

  2. Vadiraj says:

    This is the i was expecting when I heard a news that maruti is launching new wagon R.. Just love it…

  3. Dr. Nayak says:

    It is surprising that Suzuki is not offering 600 cc turbo charged engine option in India, where the economic standards are far below that of Japan. Also this engine will substantially reduce fuel consumption and improve the mileage. In a country where you can barely travel at a constant 40 KPH, I don’t see any reason not to bring this option in all of their small cars. Ops! I am not thinking like Suzuki; they think these engines are difficult to make in India and are too complex for us “Cow class people)!

    1. Nishant says:

      “Cow class people)! lol I like it…


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!