Suzuki debuts 2013 WagonR in Japan, that delivers a mileage figure of 28.8 Kmpl
Japanese automaker Suzuki has debuted the latest iteration of one of its best selling car in its home Japanese market, the 2013 WagonR. The car, which has been around for nearly two decades ever since it was first launched in 1993, comes with a facelift on the exterior along with many other changes on the interiors as well on the mechanicals. The WagonR, always known to be a highly fuel efficient car, has raised the bar yet again, with a fuel economy number of 28.8 Kmpl. The new stuff that helps the WagonR achieve this superlative figure consists of a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration which are now standard on the 2013 model.
Along with that, the weight of the WagonR has seen a downward revision with the new car being over 75 kilograms lighter than the outgoing version. This lightening has been achieved by the usage of lighter and stiffer steel in the body of the car. Together, these changes allow the 2013 version of the WagonR manage the high mileage number. On the outside, the front end of the car sees a complete revision, with new headlamps, a new grille and a bumper refresh. The rear of the car gets new tail lamps. The flanks of the car remain true to the WagonR’s original breadbox design, which while not letting the car become a ravishing looker is ultra practical.
In fact, it is this tall boy stance of the WagonR that gives the car its versatility and ease of ingress and egress. On the inside, the dashboard of the car sees a redesign to make for a more contemporary unit that greets the driver. The gear shift lever gets repositioned, a-la-Hyundai i10 for better accessibility. Also, the dashboard now sees a dual tone paint job, which makes the cabin more airy than dreary, as was the case with the sea of grey that dominated the insides of the outgoing version. The steering wheel gets audio controls.
The engine of the Japanese domestic WagonR is the 660cc, 3 cylinder K-Series unit which comes in naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises. Given the popularity of Kei cars(Many small cars in Japan like the WagonR are known as Kei cars) in Japan, the 2013 JDM WagonR even gets an all wheel drive option as a souped up top-of-the-line variant. In India, Maruti Suzuki launched the WagonR just a couple of years ago. So, expect the new model to arrive in the next couple of years as it is usually 4 years after which Maruti brings newer models of its cars.