Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has become the third largest selling car in India. Since its launch in 1999, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been one of the successful cars from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R was launched to compete against Hyundai Santro hatchback but gradually this family hatchback with a tall boy design captured a significant market share and became one of the top selling cars in India.
Launch of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. wanted to offer a family hatchback car that is not only roomier but is also practical for the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki India was facing severe competition from Hyundai’s Santro. The Santro boasted of all the features that Maruti Suzuki wanted to offer.
Soon, Maruti launched its Wagon R in 1999 that gradually increased its sales in the market and has been a hit in the Indian market since then. Family hatchback Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, has undergone four facelifts since launch. The Wagon R got its last facelift in 2013.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R reaches a milestone!
According to reports, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has successfully reached 2 million sales milestone. Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R is the third car from the carmaker that has reached this sales milestone. Other two cars that have succeeded in achieving this milestone include the Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Maruti 800, that has been now discontinued by the company.
Wagon R by Maruti Suzuki is one of the cars that has retained its position in the top 10 selling passenger cars in India for several years.
What makes Maruti Suzuki Wagon R a top-selling car?
There are more than several reasons that the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has impressed the Indian buyers. Some of the reasons that make Maruti Suzuki Wagon R one of the top selling cars in India are- the comfort that it offers, easy to drive, it offers class-leading mileage and is one of the cars. These are some of the features that led to the popularity of the family hatchback Wagon R in India.
Upgrades in the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
One of the reasons that the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has remained in the list of top 10 selling passenger cars in India is that the company has been upgrading the Wagon R at regular intervals. Over the years with different upgrades, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. introduced new features on the Wagon R. Some of these features include dual airbags, multiple fuel options, ABS, premium interiors and lately it introduced the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology.
Speculations are that Maruti Suzuki is working on a complete model change for the Wagon R. Though the company has not revealed any such information but as per reports, the new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is expected to be launched in 2018 or 2019. Currently, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in petrol and CNG variants.
Power and other features of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R runs on a 1.0-litre petrol unit. This petrol engine churns out 67bhp on and 90 Nm of torque. Besides the petrol engine, the CNG variant of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R produces 58bhp and 77Nm of torque on CNG.
The engine of both the variants of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Thought recently, Maruti Suzuki introduced the option of AMT in Wagon R. This option is only available on the VXi and VXi+ variants of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R.