The slowdown in the auto industry isn't keeping Maruti Suzuki from holding back its new model launches. Soon after launching the Ertiga-based XL6, the company has started testing what could be a derivative of the Wagon R. Spy shots have shown the prototype of the possible Wagon R derivative being equipped with the Ignis' alloy wheels and being tested on the public roads.
The spied test mule was seen covered in blacked-out camouflage from bumper to bumper, but even then its WagonR-like dimensions were purely visible hinting that there will be no change in the overall shape of the vehicle. Albeit, courtesy the new wheels, its ground clearance will be up from the regular model. The model on sale currently does not offer alloy wheels and only comes with 14-inches steel wheels. Previously there were also rumours of a 7-seat WagonR, but that's not what this test mule is.
Though the test mule has managed to hide all the physical changes very skillfully under the thick black camouflage it doesn't stop us from wondering that it could very well sport minor exterior changes such as redesigned bumpers and tweaked headlamp and tail lamp graphics, to give it a distinctive appeal compared to the regular model. The new model could also be offered in a completely new paint scheme for both the exteriors as well as interiors, but no major change is expected on the inside apart from new colour theme and premium seat fabrics.
The WagonR is based on the company's fifth-gen Heartect platform and comes with 1.0- and 1.2L petrol engine options. The WagonR 1.0L is powered by the BS-IV K10B three-cylinder engine which delivers 50 kW (67.98 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The WagonR 1.2L is offered with the BS-VI K12M four-cylinder engine which churns out 61 kW (82.94 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Similar engine configurations are expected inside the new model.
The new Maruti Wagon R-based derivative could retail from the Maruti's premium Nexa chain of dealerships, just like the XL6.