Maruti has unveiled the 2013 version of its hot-selling tallboy hatchback, WagonR, with updates to both its exterior and interiors. The updates to the exterior are more pronounced in the front with the new car sporting a revised grille that’s narrower and has a single horizontal strip compared to three on the outgoing model. The higher-end Lxi and Vxi variants have additional chrome detailing on them. The bumpers have been restyled with larger vents and a new fog lamp housing to enhance the overall design of the car. Maruti claims the external changes have been instrumental in reducing wind noise at higher speeds.
Manohar Bhat, Vice President (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki India, said, “WagonR is not just a bestseller for us but is also among top five models of the industry. The changes introduced on the New WagonR are in line with the customer feedback received through our regular customer engagement programmes. The new WagonR is over 8 per cent more fuel efficient, sportier, OBD-II compliant, contemporary in design and laced with utility features.”
Inside, occupants will be greeted to a two-tone beige and black interiors and upholstery. The dual-tone trim is available only for the Lx and the Lxi variants whereas the top-end Vxi features an all-beige interior and upholstery. There’s a new storage compartment above the glove box along with the option of day/night view for the rear-view mirror. The top-end model also gets an integrated Eagle Wings music system with integrated USB and AUX-in ports.
Changes to the new car are only cosmetic and it will powered by the same K-10 engine as seen on the older car. Eventhough the engine is same, Maruti claims the hatchback will return an efficiency figure 20.5kmpl as compared to the older car's 15.3kmpl (as per our test figures). The new WagonR will be available in a range of fuel options such as petrol, CNG and LPG and it’s speculated that a diesel-powered version of the hatchback could be launched soon.
The car will be availaible in two new colours, passion red and ecru beige aside from the existing glistening grey, superior white, breeze blue, silky silver, baker’s chocolate. Maruti have marginally increased the price of the new WagonR and prices start at Rs 3.58 lakh compared to 3.50 lakh of the older model (both prices ex-showroom Delhi).
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