Maruti updated their WagonR early this year and the car has been a big hit among the customers in the market. The new update brought an entirely fresh design for the WagonR and also the option of larger engine. The sales figures for March 2019 for all-new WagonR stood at 16,152 units. Compare this to the sales of Hyundai Santro for the same month at 8,280 units and one can see that the Maruti WagonR sold almost twice the number of units that Santro managed. On its own, the Santro has also managed to rake in good numbers, however the entire picture changes when one brings in the numbers accumulated by the Maruti WagonR.
Hyundai Santro was brought back to life by the South Korean brand at the end of 2018 and was supposed to give a tough fight to the Maruti WagonR. However, the new update to WagonR made the tall-boy hatchback much larger than before, the improved styling and the option of a more powerful engine were only an icing on the cake. The new Maruti WagonR is also based on the lighter and stronger HEARTECT platform that not only brings down the weight of the car but also boosts mileage, safety, and performance of the car. In fact, almost all new small Maruti cars like the Swift, Dzire, Ignis, and Baleno are based on the new HEARTECT platform.
The new Maruti Suzuki WagonR comes with the option of a 1L, 3-cylinder petrol engine rated to produce 68 PS and 90 Nm, which is the same engine offered on the previous generation of the car. However, the major update was the introduction of the option of larger 1.2L, 4-cylinder petrol engine option on the new WagonR, this new engine is rated to deliver 82 Bhp and 113 Nm. While the more powerful engine comes with the option of a 5-speed manual or a 5 speed AMT, the older engine comes only with a 5-speed manual as standard. Maruti also recently launched the CNG-petrol model of the new WagonR, the CNG kit on the car is a dealer level upgrade. However, the CNG fitting in only available with the smaller 1L engine.
The addition of a CNG option will also make the new WagonR a more lucrative option for the customers of the cab market. Talking of the updates on the newer model of Maruti WagonR, the safety features are in tune with the BNVSAP norms and come with a driver side airbag, ABS, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder for driver and front passenger, and speed alert as standard. The launch of the updated model also saw the prices of the car going up slightly and the new WagonR’s prices now start at Rs. 4.29 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. However, the sales figures tell that customers feel the higher price tag is justified.