Last month saw a lot of developments taking place in the Indian auto sector. The nation witnessed Covid-19 cases spiking almost on a daily basis, which prompted many states to announce lockdowns. Amidst this, quite a few automakers decided to slow down or halt production in the latter half of April 2021. While this inevitably impacted sales, some companies performed significantly better than others. Even as it saw a decline in overall sales, Maruti Suzuki sold a decent chunk of cars last month – the WagonR being the best-selling. Moving a remarkable 18,656 units, the WagonR was the brand’s top performer in April 2021 – even eclipsing the Swift.
Most of the top-selling cars last month came from the stables of Maruti Suzuki, which is far from shocking. The WagonR has been one of the bread-and-butter models for the automaker, offering buyers a spacious and practical econo-hatch at a fairly decent price. It is available in LXI, LXI (O), VXI, VXI (O), and ZXI variants, with prices ranging between Rs 4.81 Lakh and Rs 6.33 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Furthermore, customers can choose from colors such as Autumn Orange, Magma Grey, Nutmeg Brown, and Poolside Blue. On the styling front, the tall-boy design of the Maruti Suzuki WagonR exists to make it more functional rather than make one weak in the knees.
Over the years, Maruti Suzuki has tried to make the WagonR seem a little more appealing to the eyes when compared to the early ones. And in a way, the automaker has achieved some success. While it is still very much a box, the new WagonR gets a few styling cues to make it look like a fairly modern hatchback. The front fascia features large headlamps that now have an interesting design to them, whilst the front grille sports a large honeycomb pattern. Along the sides, the sculpted wing mirrors add some style and the floating roof effect breaks the otherwise slab-like design. At the back, the WagonR continues to feature large vertically arranged tail lamps that the model has always been known for.
As intended, the interior of the Maruti Suzuki WagonR has been designed to be a practical space. Plus, when you take into account that distinctive tall-boy design, you are assured enough interior room. Headroom is this hatchback’s forte, though the body’s width is good for carrying four people with ease (five is fairly doable). In terms of its features list, the WagonR gets keyless entry, electrically adjustable & retractable door mirrors, a tilt-adjustable multifunctional steering wheel, a 7-inch touch-infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and a manual HVAC system. The WagonR’s safety equipment includes ABD with EBD, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, central locking, and front fog lamps.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR can be had in petrol-only or CNG versions, with two engine options. There is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol motor that makes 67hp and 90Nm of torque, while the same unit in CNG guise manages 58hp and 78Nm of torque. Those looking for a more powerful engine, the WagonR also comes with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol unit that produces 82hp and 113Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, Maruti Suzuki will offer customers the choice between a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT. Meanwhile, the fuel efficiency of the WagonR ranges between 20.52 kmpl and 21.79 kmpl (for the 1.2-liter and 1.0-liter versions, respectively).