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Next-Generation Maruti Wagon R 7-Seater Coming in 2017

Snapshot: New Wagon R would get a diesel powerplant for the first time, and also come in a 7-seater avatar with an added third row bench.

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Maruti Suzuki would commence the production of next-generation Wagon R by January 2017 at its under-construction Gujrat production facility. Not only the new Wagon R would get a diesel powerplant for the first time, but it would also come in a 7-seater avatar with an added third row bench. Being codenamed as YCA, it would be the first vehicle to be wheeled out of the Gujrat plant, when it becomes operational in 2017.

Maruti Suzuki unveiled the 7-seater avatar of the Wagon R in pre-production form at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). However, it was based on the current generation Wagon R, while the model expected to come out in 2017 would be based on new-generation of the Wagon R. The trial production of new Wagon R would start in January 2017, but the YCA is expected to come out by mid 2017. It would be at loggerheads with Datsun GO+ MPV, which is being touted as India's first compact MPV and whose launch is slated to take place on January 15, 2015. New Wagon R would be placed below the Ertiga MPV in Maruti Suzuki's utility vehicle line-up. It is expected to arrive in a price domain of Rs. 4-6 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).

On the other hand, things are not going well with Maruti Suzuki's Gujrat production plant. The company claims that parent company Suzuki should have made an investment in this plant for the betterment of this unit. On the contrary, the Maruti shareholders are of belief that it will not be in the company’s best long term interests. The crucial shareholder vote will take place once the Companies Act is amended, which require a consent of only 50 per cent of the minority shareholders, much less than the existing 75 per cent. "We are waiting for the amended companies bill, either to be passed or rejected. The proposal is a unique one, and we are pretty certain that all shareholders will support it," RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki, said.

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