Next-gen Maruti Wagon R production to start mid-January 2019 - Report

07/12/2018 - 16:25 | ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

As per Gaadiwaadi, production of the 2019 Maruti Wagon R will start around the middle of next month. Subsequently, the next generation of India's favourite tallboy (monthly sales average between June - November 2018 - 13,198 units) will launch in the first quarter of next year.

Maruti Wagon R Krest Front Grille
MSIL will use a strengthened version of the current architecture for the new Wagon R to comply with safety regulations without having to substantially increase the price.

The 2019 Maruti Wagon R will look nothing like its JDM-spec counterpart. Instead, it will feature an evolutionary design shift that will make it fresher while retaining the essence of the outgoing generation. Moreover, the Indian-spec model won't be underpinned by the HEARTECT lightweight platform. Instead, the company will use a strengthened version of the current chassis to keep the cost in check while still meeting future safety regulations.

The 2019 Maruti Wagon R should offer a revised equipment list comprising steering-mounted audio controls and the Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The safety features across trims will include a driver airbag, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder (SBR), speed alert system, speed-sensing door lock, impact-sensing door unlock, and reverse parking sensors.

The 2019 Maruti Wagon R will be powered by a BSVI-compliant version of the K10B 1.0-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. In its present state, the motor offers a maximum power of 67 bhp at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The current transmission options, which include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed 'AGS' Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), should be carried over.

Maruti Wagon R EV
In October 2018, Maruti Suzuki commenced road trials of the Wagon R EV. The test vehicles, which have been imported from Japan, are unrelated to the 2019 Maruti Wagon R.

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The 2019 Maruti Wagon R range is expected to have a starting price of INR 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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