The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is all grown up now! It is not only bigger, more powerful and more spacious, but also packs many more features than its predecessor. 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is under the hood. Now the car comes with the more powerful 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that is tuned to offer 83 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. In addition to that, the car also gets the existing 1.0-litre petrol engine that makes 67 bhp and 90 Nm of peak torque. Both the motors come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) or, as Maruti calls it Auto Gear Shift (AGS).Featuring tall boy design and high ground clearance, Wagon R commands a robust stance amid rivals.The new Wagon R is the 1.2-litre petrol engine which has been offered in the car for the first time along-side the already existing 1-litre engine. The 1.2-litre motor makes 82 bhp and 113 newton metres of peak torque while the 1-litre unit makes 67 bhp and 90 Nm. Both engines are paired to a 5-speed gearbox.
Most of the styling is visible on the outside as the hatchback gets blue tinted head lamps and chrome accentuated radiator grille up front. Characterized by a sporty stance, Wagon R features silver finished roof rails on the top. Bumpers in front and rear along with outside rear view mirrors are coloured in body paint. Step inside and you will notice use of silver around the steering wheel, inside door handles, gear knob and instrument panel. Ergonomically designed seats in front and second row are equipped with adjustable head rests. Other features such as day and night inside rear view mirrors, sunvisor, vanity mirror sunvisor and speakers are also incorporated inside. Floor console gets an integrated cup holder and a 12V accessory socket. The round instrument cluster comes with a tachometer, digital fuel indicator with double trip meter etc. The new WagonR is longer than the old car by 56mm and by 19mm than the Stingray, which was later sold as WagonR VXi+. Bigger and bolder is how Maruti describes the new WagonR and it is indeed noticeably wider and longer than the old car. As CV Raman, Maruti’s senior executive director of engineering, explained, the third generation WagonR is 150mm wider and also has a 140mm wider track, which has resulted in an 120mm increase in shoulder room inside the cabin. The tallboy from Maruti isn’t as tall anymore though, as it is 25mm shorter than the outgoing model. However, the wheelbase has been stretched by 35mm.
Based on the fifth generation Heartect platform that also underpins the Swift and the Ignis, the new WagonR uses up to 40 per cent high strength steel in its construction and is both lighter (by roughly 40kg) and likely safer than its predecessor. Maruti has redesigned the WagonR with slight scoops around the wheel arches, which give them a flared look. At the front, it gets unique split headlamps but misses out on LED DRLs, just like the outgoing WagonR. At the rear, it retains the old metal nameplate but now features all-new tail lamps that are place vertically (just like the Ertiga) and more Volvo-esque. Sadly, there’s no alloy wheels on offer on any variant of the new WagonR.
The 2019 WagonR now gets two engine options: a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit from the old car and a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder K-series petrol motor, which also powers the Ignis and the Swift. This motor produces 83PS of power and 113Nm of torque and can be had in the V and Z variants. It is available with both a 5-speed manual as well as an AMT. The old 1.0-litre unit continues to produce 68PS of maximum power and 90Nm of peak torque. However, it can only be had in the L and V variants. While a 5-speed manual is offered as standard, the V variant can also be had with an AMT. Sadly, there is no CNG option on offer at launch this time round. However, Maruti is expected to introduce it at a later stage. Thanks to its lighter design, the new WagonR is also 10 per cent more frugal than the outgoing model. Maruti claims a mileage of 22.5kmpl for the 1.0-litre variants and 21.5kmpl for the new 1.2-litre variants against the 20.5kmpl returned by the old WagonR. The new Wagon R comes with a new 1.2 petrol engine that makes 82 bhp and offers 21.5 kmpl.
Apart from the L and V variants that were offered with the older model, the new WagonR also gets the Z trim level for the first time. There are plenty of updates inside, and Maruti has overhauled the WagonR’s interiors with an all-new ‘x-theme’ design and an all-new instrument cluster. The dashboard gets a smarter finish thanks to a 7-inch SmartPlay Studio infotainment system instead of the normal dual-DIN setup seen on the older car. This isn't the same unit seen on more expensive Marutis, but it still gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The dashboard is reminiscent of the older car, with the circular AC vents at the corners and vertical ones in the middle. It also retains the dual glovebox layout from its predecessor. What’s new is that you now get steering-mounted controls and a touchscreen infotainment with navigation.