Maruti Suzuki has increased prices for its models by up to Rs 10,000 (ex- showroom, Delhi) with effect from 10th January 2019. According to the automaker, the quantum of price hike will vary across its model range. However, the Japanese automaker had announced the price hike in December 2018 itself but didn’t reveal the amount at that time. The reason behind this price hike is the increase in commodity prices and unfavorable movement in foreign exchange rates.
The increase in commodity prices and unfavorable movement in foreign exchange rates have also led other manufacturers to go for the price hike as well. Carmakers such as Hyundai, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen, have also hiked the prices of their models starting January 1, 2019. Toyota and Nissan India announced a price increase of up to 4 per cent across its models, while Volkswagen India has increased prices of its models by up to 3 per cent and Hyundai has opted for a up to Rs 30,000 hike across its range.
Currently, Maruti Suzuki is preparing for the launch of 2019 Wagon R on 23rd January 2019 in the country. The automaker has already commenced the bookings for the upcoming hatchback. The automaker has teased the 2019 Wagon R with the first official image ahead of launch and quoting the model as the “Big New Wagon R”. With the vertically placed tail- lamps frame the rear window with a rear wiper and turn indicators integrated with the wing mirrors makes it clear that the teased variant is the top- spec Wagon R ZXi variant.
Power to the next- gen Wagon R comes from the same 68 hp, 1.0- litre, three- cylinder engine (K10B) as the existing model, and will also be additionally offered with a new 83 hp, 1.2- litre, four- cylinder engine (K12M) borrowed from Maruti Suzuki’s bigger hatchbacks such as the Swift and Ignis. Both engines get 5- speed manual and automated manual transmission options, while a CNG option will also be on offer only on the K10B motor. The brochure reveals that the 2019 Wagon R will be offered in seven variants- LXi, VXi, VXi AGS, ZXi and ZXi AGS. A top- spec ZXi variant will replace the current top- spec VXi+ trim. The smaller motor will be available only in the lower- spec LXi and VXi trims, while the larger engine will be available with the mid-spec VXi and top- spec ZXi variants. The AMT will be offered with both engines, but only above the VXi trim.
The upcoming Wagon R will come with the option of six exterior color options– white, silver, grey, orange, brown and blue. In terms of features, the 2019 Wagon R will come with tail- lamps inspired by Volvo along with a floating roof, C- pillar with black plastic and bold flowing side creases, a rectangular grille with a chrome strip, larger headlamps, revised bumper, a flatter bonnet and fog lamps with noticeable casing at the front end. Other updates will include vertical X-mas tree tail- lamps, new rear bumper and license plate with chrome insert. In terms of dimension, the next – gen model is 56 mm longer, 130 mm wider and 25 mm shorter compared to the outgoing version. Also, the car will be up to 65 kg lighter weighing around 805 kg for the base model.
At the inside, the car will offer Maruti’s SmartPlay 7.0- inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, while the mid- spec VXi will get a standard 2- DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. Other features include ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger, driver- side airbag and a speed alert system. However, the passenger side airbag will be an optional extra on the LXi and VXi trims, while the top- spec ZXi will get dual front airbags as standard, along with seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters. When launched, the next- gen Maruti Suzuki Wagon R will continue to take against the likes of the Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid and Hyundai Santro in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2019 Martuti Suzuki Wagon R in India.