A camouflaged WagonR possibly going through a pre-production test regime in the Delhi-NCR region is not a rare sight because Maruti Suzuki has been testing the electric version of the hatchback under covers for quite some time now. However, a recent spy video of an elongated WagonR has piqued our curiosity as it appears to have grown enough to accommodate another row.
The spied test car resembles the WagonR from all angles, but indicates that it has been stretched just rear window onwards. However, it could just be the test mule that doesn’t get a redesigned exterior, and Maruti might have a design update in the kitty to distinguish the larger car, which might also bear a different nameplate, much like the Ertiga-XL6 combination.
The car on test is based on the top variant of the WagonR; the presence of a rear wiper (can be seen in the image) and a touchscreen infotainment system (not in the image), features that are available only on the ZXI variant, suggest that. This variant is available with the 1.2-litre petrol engine only that makes 83PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque, more than what the Triber’s 1.0-litre engine makes.
The Triber’s USP is its flexible seating that allows it to be used as a 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- and a 7-seater. It remains to be seen if the upcoming 7-seater WagonR will offer as many seating configurations or not. Maruti Suzuki has been tight-lipped on the 7-seater WagonR until now, but it seems that the carmaker has internally green-flagged the model. We do not expect it to launch in 2020, however, a 2021 launch could be on the cards. Expect it to cost similar to the Triber, which starts from Rs 4.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will obviously cost less than the Ertiga, which starts from Rs 7.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).