Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the Wagon R 3-Row Concept at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show. The MPV Concept is put together by adding a third row to the existing Wagon R. Suzuki is currently analysing the market response for the Wagon R Concept MPV. "Karimun Wagon R" 3 Rows Concept MPV was displayed at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show recently. Based on the Maruti WagonR hatchback on offer in India, the 3 row WagonR adds more space at the rear and will be slotted below the Ertiga while it could rival the Datsun Go+ once officially launched.
The Stingray show car was replaced by this concept on 28th September, the second last day of the 10-day long exhibition. This year's IIMS has seen low-cost MPVs such as the Honda Mobilio and the Datsun Go+ being revealed, maybe Suzuki wanted to get a bit of attention as well.
The three-row Wagon R seems to have a couple of centimeters added just after its rear wheels. While the company has not disclosed any details about this concept, they confirm that the wheelbase has been unaltered. However, the wheelbase on this concept is unaltered, which could point to a sub-four-metre overall length. The current Wagon R's length is 3595mm. The concept also gets a larger (wider) rear quarter glass and a larger rear overhang.
The Suzuki Wagon R MPV is unlikely to be powered by the same 3-cylinder, 67 PS, 90 Nm, 1.0-litre petrol engine that powers the hatchback sibling as performance would be sluggish. Suzuki might plonk in the 1.2-litre K-Series engine (84 PS, 115 Nm) which does duty in the Ritz, Swift and DZire. The production-spec Wagon R MPV will be positioned below the Ertiga making it a practical car for price conscious buyers. The direct competition for the Wagon R 3-Row Concept will be the recently unveiled Datsun GO+, the MPV variant of the GO hatchback. But given the fan following of Suzuki and the reliability its cars carry will make the customers choose the Wagon R MPV over the GO+.
The 7-seater Wagon R might come to our shores as well as the trend for MPVs are slowly picking up and Suzuki will have the advantage as there are very few models in the low-end MPV segment. This unveil has shown the way for the low-cost MPV market with competitors recently showcasing the Honda Mobilio and the Datsun GO+
Datsun's Go+ MPV is based on the same platform as the hatchback - something clearly denoted by the car's name and the identical styling, engine and power ratings. It also shares the same 2450mm wheelbase as the hatchback and the extra 210mm length is the only key differentiating factor.
Sharing most parts with the WagonR hatchback, sees the same platform, interior and exterior styling, while engine and transmission details are also unchanged as the concept sports a 1 liter triple cylinder, K Series petrol engine while prices should be in the 100 million Indonesian Rupiah (INR 5.37 lakhs) category. The Wagon R MPV is likely to be launched in India by late 2014 or early 2015 which will give our Indian customers more options to buy in this segment.
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