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Maruti Suzuki To Launch WagonR Diesel

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India is facing a situation of sky-rocketing fuel prices which is forcing the common man to burn a bigger and bigger hole in his pocket. The worst hit in this price game is the petrol which has touched almost Rs. 75 per litre in Delhi. 70% of the auto sales in India are hatchbacks and out of them, roughly 60% are the compact hatchbacks like the Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and the recently launched Hyundai EON. Sadly these cars don’t offer a diesel option making matters worse for the average consumer who can’t afford to buy a car like the Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel. A person who stays in a metro like Delhi or Mumbai has to commute for long distances daily for work, say about 2000 kms per month which makes his monthly running costs touch around Rs. 10,000/-.

“At the moment, we have a 1.3-liter diesel engine. Fiat is working on 1000 cc engines also. We don’t know the timeline, but surely, we will get these for our smaller cars,” R.C. Bhargava, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki, said.

Recently, Chevrolet had introduced the Beat Diesel in the Indian markets making a statement that diesel in compact hatchbacks are going to be the future of India. Maruti Suzuki was quick to confirm that this engine will indeed makes it way to their cars in the near future. Going by the sales volumes, Maruti Suzuki has been the long time leader in this segment with its models like the WagonR and Alto. Currently the WagonR petrol variant is priced at Rs. 3.36 lakhs providing a lot of room for Maruti Suzuki to launch a diesel variant of the same car. The diesel engine could be a 3-cylinder variant of the 4-cylinder, 1.3 litre engine that is powering the Ritz and the Swift making it around 970 cc. Power output could be around 58 PS with a healthy torque figure of about 150 Nm. The power figure could be slightly less but with the use of diesel it will definitely have a torquey engine suitable for city driving. Also, the diesel variant is going to bring down the running costs drastically, with fuel efficiency of around 25 kmpl. The same engine will make its way into other small Maruti cars, helping the company maintain its market share.

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  • Auto Analyst

    Is this news genuine / verified ? or is it just an imagination / speculation news.

    Reason is the Wagon R body is so delicate that the doors vibrate ( when opened ) and shake a lot when the current 3 cylinder Petrol engine is idling, so i really doubt whether the body can handle the vibrations of a diesel engine and that too being a 3 cylinder which will generate more vibrations compared to 4 cylinder.

  • kapil

    Yes,Future looks like going to belong to be of small diesel engine like Beat diesel. Maruti has already decided to put 3 cylinder version of famous fiat multijet which is the best diesel engine on offer.

  • Harshad

    Yes, pls clarify and reply to Auto Analyst’s comment!



  • kedar

    Are they going to use the Beat Diesel Engine? If yes I am sure this will one more Rattle Snake from MSIL. LOL

    • Faisal

      Kedar, rattle snake? (SCSA). Yes, it is the same engine.

  • G.Sivakumar

    In this present condition of increasing petrol price, its quite good that if maruti wagon r launches diesel version so that for just Rs.45/- of diesel/litre, we can have a mileage of atleast 20-23 kms which is the need of the hour as against Rs.70/- of petrol/litre which gives a mileage of just 15-17km of petrol version. Isn’t it good??????

    • Faisal

      G.Sivakumar, yes a diesel version would be awesome but it will cost more too.

  • jyotish gochhaya

    plz conform me lunching date

    • Faisal

      Jyotish, by the end of 2012.

  • Vintesh

    I want to purches Swift VDi but If Maruti Lounch So,I wating for WegoNR Diesel
    I requesting you which month WegoNR lounch in this year

    • Faisal

      Vintesh, not anytime soon.

  • maruti wagnor r auto matic

    can i get auto matic maruti wagonr, what will be the coast?

    • Faisal

      Shaji, yes you can get it. Price depends on your location.

  • Tomedward

    Maruti WagonR Diesel
    Hatchback, Small, Manual

    Expected Launch Date : 10th May 2012
    Expected Price : Rs 4.00 L – 5.00 L

  • http://No Lankipalli. Hari

    Is there advance booking fecility? Pl conform…

  • M.Guberamoorthy

    which month in 2012 wagon R would be launched ? is there any advance booking ?

  • Pravesh Tyagi

    Which month in 2012 wagon R Diesel would be launched & its Price ? is there any advance booking ?

    • Faisal

      Pravesh, no confirmation yet.

  • http://yahoo M Pushpa Latha

    Is there any chance of availability of Maruti Wagon R Diesel at Trivandrum in near future. Please give the exact date so that I can take a decision about awaiting for it.

    • Faisal

      M Pushpa, not in the near future.

  • sunil bajwa

    please inform me, ever wagnor diesel coming
    my contact no 9419834877

  • http://T Vijay

    Wagor diegal lonch date prise

  • s p singh

    when it will com………

  • vijay

    Which month in 2012 wagon R Diesel would be launched & its Price ? is there any advance booking ?

  • jyoti prakash

    maruti wagan r disel in which month would be lunched & whats the price….

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Jyoti, no confirmation on diesel WagonR launch yet.

  • Hemant Kamalakar

    Some websites are saying that Wagon R Diesel will be launched in Jan 2013.
    And some are saying that it will be launched in June 2013

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Hemant, that is old news. The latest is that Suzuki, Japan is developing a new 3-cylinder diesel engine.

  • Nishith

    Will it be launched by jan 2013…..???

  • mausam

    When is the model of wagon r as shown in your website, inspired by stingray, mileage of 28.8 kmpl, ignition button, etc. will be launched in india?

  • aakash gill

    when it will come and what will be its price?

  • balaji sundar

    how ever when the wagon r diesel comes then only know how it is , basically the 3 cylinder engines are no vibratation . suzuki engine designers do some thing if the eng got vibration, we hope that . when the launch date . all over india so many people whait for that. i think so the price is affordable to the 5 digit sallary peoples.

  • balaji sundar

    please up date web page , the colours of wagon r diesel

  • pankkaj sonawane nashik

    wagon r diesel kab launch ho rahi hai.pls I waiting for shes launching date. contact no 9860731730

  • mori mahavirsinh

    I want to wagonR diesal and price 5 lac se andar honi chahiye.

  • Paul Aby

    There will be healthy competition between Wagon R and Beat.
    Let see what happens

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Paul, the real competition will be with Grand i10.

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