Suzuki had showcased a 7-seater MPV concept based on the Wagon R at the IIMS Indonesia. Almost everybody thought that it was a funky but practical concept which was made just to be displayed at a motor show and which would never be put into production, but the boffins at Suzuki Indonesia have proved them all wrong. It has now been confirmed that Suzuki Indonesia will definitely put the Wagon R MPV into production. The developmental work has already begun and we might soon bring to our readers, spy-shots of the MPV as Suzuki might soon start testing prototypes of the MPV.
Davy J Tuilan, director of sales and marketing, Suzuki Indonesia has stated that the 7-seater Wagon R MPV would feature better styling than its 5-seater sibling and going by the pictures of the concept displayed at the IIMS Indonesia 2013, it is hard to disagree with him.
The 7-seater Wagon R features an elongated body which is complemented by bigger wheels and overall, the Wagon R looks better in its 7-seater avatar and it looks as if it was always destined to be an MPV. Once the Wagon R MPV is put into production in Indonesia, Suzuki might, in all probability consider launching it in the Indian market too, as both the Indian as well as the Indonesian markets are very similar in nature.
In India, competition in the entry-level MPV segment is getting hotter by the day. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was once the king of the hill, but now is slowly being pulled down by recent competition like the Honda Mobilio. Going by sales figures, the Honda Mobilio is doing very well indeed, and Japanese automobile manufacturer Datsun is not going to lay low in this segment and they intend to fight competitors in the MPV segment with the upcoming Datsun GO+ MPV.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Honda Mobilio are fighting it out in the premium space, while the Datsun GO+ will be a low-cost offering in the MPV segment where there are no competitors at present. The Wagon R MPV can help Maruti Suzuki take the battle to the Datsun GO+ as the Wagon R MPV too will be a low-cost product if launched.
In India, the Wagon R MPV could be powered by the Suzuki 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine or the 1.3-litre DDiS Multijet diesel in its 75 PS avatar. Those interested in the practical Wagon R MPV might have to wait until 2016 for it to be launched in India.
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