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Suzuki has launched the next-generation WagonR and WagonR Stingray in Japan. The car is more van-like than before and rather unconventionally styled, compared to the current WagonR sold in India at the moment.
The Japanese spec WagonR comes with a 660cc three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 52bhp and 60Nm of torque. meanwhile the WagonR Stingray is tuned to make 66bhp and 98Nm of torque. Both come with options of standard variants, or SHVS hybrid varients. Suzuki claim that according to tests, the car returns a mileage of 33.4kmpl, a best in its class in Japan at the moment. The cars also get a CVT gearbox and the option of all-wheel drive.
The Japan-spec cars also get a collision mitigating system that uses a monocular camera and laser sensor to detect impending danger, as well as an advanced lighting system that fluctuates between high and low beam depending on the surroundings. Interestingly, this small car also gets a head-up display.
The styling for this generation has been heavily updated with a new front end and a boxier rear. The car has been designed to maximise space on the inside. The boxy, tall-boy designed has been retained — something that has been characteristic of the WagonR since its inception.
No word on it coming to India yet, but if it does, you can expect the styling to be made more conventional, to something that our market will accept more readily.