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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Overview

Diesel compact hatchbacks are touted to be the future of the Indian auto industry by many trend analysts and industry personnels. This of course, is not a completely surprising revelation, in an era where the cost of petrol has been steadily increasing at regular intervals. It is natural then, that the automakers would want to go back to their research and development team to figure out ways in which, they can best meet the demand of the market it caters to. India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki is reportedly, doing just that. We hear, that the automaker is currently developing a diesel-engined variant of its Wagon R hatchback. At the moment, the Ritz hatchback is the company’s most smallest entry-level offering followed by the Swift hatchback and the Swift DZire compact sedan - all of which, are doing exceptionally well in their respective segments. And now Maruti Suzuki wants the same response to its Wagon R hatchback as well. Hence, the Wagon R diesel variant is being planned that could arrive in the market by March 2015.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Exterior

The car is expected to share the same body platform of its existing petrol model, but it might come with some cosmetic updates to make it look different. The car might be fitted with newly designed headlamps and refurbished bumpers that give the frontage a distinct look. There might be no changes to the side profile though, except a new set of alloy wheels. Dimensionally also the car is expected to remain the same.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Interior

Interior can be expected to bear nice looks and touch as well with pleasing color schemes and good-quality fabric that cars of the day require. The seats would surely be large and comfortable, built on firm ergonomic discipline. The driver's seat may get height adjustable facility, which will further add to the competition in this segment. It might come equipped with a proficient air conditioning unit that makes the journey quite comfortable to its occupants.
However, exact interior details are yet to be revealed but the Wagon R Diesel might come with features like electrically adjustable ORVMs, power windows, central locking, adjustable headrests, seats with reclining function, adjustable steering column, parking sensors and a better quality audio system which will offers good sound quality and input options such as USB/AUX/CD and Bluetooth streaming.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Engine & Transmission

At the moment however, the only diesel engine in Maruti Suzuki factory is the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet unit - which is a tad bigger to be fitted in the Wagon R. However, Mr R C Bhargava, the chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. stated a few months ago that the Italian automaker Fiat is currently developing smaller 1.0-litre diesel unit as well, which could be used to power the company’s smaller cars. This 1.0-litre unit could be a three-cylinder unit, similar to the one seen in Chevrolet Beat diesel that was also derived from the 1.3-litre Multijet unit - developed jointly by Fiat and Chevrolet.

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Mileage

The expected mileage of this car is around 27-28 Kmpl, whichhelps it to be an ideal car for budget car buyers.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Braking and Safety

As far as its braking is concerned, it is going to get a same combination of disc and drum brakes, which perform well. The higher models are expected to be offered with extra safety features like Airbags, ABS and EBD. The car is expected to come blessed with a range of active and passive safety features like three point seat belts, collapsible steering column, fog lamps, anti-theft security system etc.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel Performance and Handling

The Wagon R has always been a good handling car and the Diesel model will continue to offer good maneuverability in congested city traffic conditions for which it is intended. At highway speeds, though, you would be left wanting a bit more. Power delivery would be smooth and there would be good low-end grunt for city driving. The steering would feel light and nimble in city driving condition. It is expected to come with same suspension setup, McPherson Struts up frontand coil springs atthe rear which does a good job of dispatching speed breakers and potholes,

What do we think about Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel?

Wagon R Diesel could be the most affordable diesel car in its segment which will give it an edge over the competition. The drivability would be excellent for city commuting and high fuel efficiency figures will definitely be a boon for people travelling in peak office hours. The car will give Maruti Suzuki a new fresh contender to compete with the tough competitions like Datsun Go, Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Micra Activa, Ford Figo etc.

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