Expect the Maruti Suzuki Ignis to go off the roads soon, as Maruti is planning to replace it with a brand-new Wagon R model. This repurposed Wagon R will find its way to the customers through Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa chain of premium outlets.
The automobile industry slowdown is one side of the coin, but automobile manufacturers are a resilient lot. They keep trying new tricks in the trade to keep the industry afloat. One such attempt is the regular launching of new products to maintain the interest and revive the sales momentum.
Maruti Suzuki, the leader of the pack, has already launched three new models, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, the Maruti Suzuki XL6, and the new-gen Wagon R. The company is now shifting its sights towards replacing the Maruti Suzuki Ignis with the 2020 Maruti Nexa Wagon R. This upcoming car is going to set the streets on fire. Let us explore five things about this car that could zoom up the popularity charts in the times to come.
Redefine Style with a refreshed package
Maruti Suzuki has experience selling their models through the Nexa Premium Dealership. The Maruti Suzuki XL6, a refurbished version of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a shining example. As Nexa is a premium dealership, one can expect the new Wagon R to come with several stylish features. The front fascia could see a complete revamp with a multi-level lighting system, a brand-new bumper, a bolder design for the grille, and refreshing headlights.
Might come with only one 1.2L petrol engine option
Maruti Suzuki launched the third-generation Wagon R on January 2019 with two petrol engine options. The car shared the 1.0L petrol engine with models like the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Alto K10, and the S-Presso. The bigger 1.2L petrol engine was the same that is present in the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
The new Wagon R will not have the smaller engine, as Maruti plans to introduce the vehicle with a 1.2L petrol engine option alone. This engine is the same that is present in the outgoing Maruti Suzuki Ignis. The same engine powers other successful models like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Dzire, and the Baleno.
Expect a 5-speed Manual as well as AMT system
The existing Maruti Suzuki Wagon R engines (1.0L and 1.2L) are capable of mating with 5-speed manual transmission and 5-speed AMT. The new Wagon R Nexa version will feature only the 1.2L petrol engine. This engine offers both manual as well as AMT options. This exciting feature should play a tremendous role in attracting the new generation customers.
Will be available exclusively through the Nexa Premium Outlets
Though the design of the new Wagon R is similar to the existing model, Maruti Suzuki plans to release the vehicle through the Nexa chain of dealerships alone. Nexa is a premium dealership chain that caters to the sale of Maruti Suzuki models like the S-Cross, Baleno, Ciaz, Ignis, and more recently the XL6.
Maruti Suzuki plans to phase out the Ignis and replace it with the new Wagon R. As the Ignis is available only through the Nexa dealership outlets, one can expect the new Wagon R to adopt the same route. It will be available exclusively through the Nexa chain.
There could be a new name in the offing, Stingray or XL5
The experience of the Maruti Suzuki XL6 shows that one should not expect the new Wagon R to be an exact replica of the existing one. Maruti Suzuki specializes in providing styling updates to ensure that the new model carves out its own identity. Therefore, one can expect a new name for the model, as well.
As the vehicle fits below the Maruti Suzuki XL6 in the pecking order, it could very well come with the name, Maruti Suzuki XL5. Rumors abound that Maruti Suzuki might try to revive the Stingray brand. The Wagon R was sold in the Stingray variant for some time before Maruti Suzuki took it off the roads because of low demand.
Expect Maruti Suzuki to come up with innovative solutions to beat the downturn. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 has been a success. Therefore, one can expect the new Wagon R (XL5 or Stingray) to become equally popular if not more. The pricing could also work in its favor, as Maruti Suzuki plans to place this model below the XL6. Till the time the new model hits the roads, we shall keep our fingers crossed.