Maruti Suzuki is testing a new car, and its spy images suggest that it is a premium version of the WagonR as it gets LED detailing in the tail lamps. It is, therefore, likely to be bound for the company’s Nexa outlets that sell the more premium Maruti Suzuki cars compared to Arena. Earlier, Maruti Suzuki redesigned the Ertiga to develop the XL6, and it is now on sale from its Nexa dealerships.
Amongst the key takeaways from the set of spy images is the split headlamp setup, which is unlike any Maruti Suzuki car, but a layout that a lot of carmakers have resorted to for usually tall cars or SUVs. SUVs like the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Hyundai Venue get a similar split headlamp-type front design.
The spied test mule’s primary projector headlamp, that is centrally located in the headlight housing, seems to be positioned below an eyebrow shaped LED DRL, which seems to have integrated turn blinkers. From the looks of it, it seems like the reworked WagonR might just look more aggressive than the existing model. The new car will also get a redesigned front bumper with fog lights and a wider central air intake.
The upcoming car’s side profile appears to be largely similar to that of the WagonR, except for the larger black alloy wheels. It gets LED lights in the tail lamps, which otherwise look similar to those of the WagonR.
Right now, it is unclear how the cabin of the new premium Wagon R will look. However, we expect an all-black interior scheme instead of the WagonR’s black-beige. Maruti Suzuki did a similar thing with the Ertiga-XL6 duo as well. It won’t be surprising to see the premium WagonR to be loaded with more features than its donor car.
Under the hood, expect the upcoming car to be powered by the 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine from the WagonR. It is needless to say that it would fulfil the BS6 emission standards criteria. Maruti Suzuki is likely to offer both manual and AMT gearbox choices.
While there’s no official word from Maruti Suzuki’s side on this new car’s launch, we suspect it could come within the next couple of months, may be around Diwali 2019. It remains to be seen what will this new car be called -- Stingray and XL5 are the two names that pop up in our minds.