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Maruti Suzuki showcased the MR Wagon at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. This was one of the cars that has already been launched in the Japanese market but showcased here just to gauge the response of the Indian customer. The MR Wagon is a very spacious 5-seater small hatchback with Suzuki’s latest 660cc 3-cylinder engine. The vehicle is in its second generation, which was launched in 2006. Nissan sells the Moco, which is a re-badged version of the MR Wagon. The first generation model was launched in 2001 and is called the Zen Estilo in India. Yes, Maruti Suzuki does sell outdated vehicles.
The Suzuki MR Wagon mat not go well with Indian tastes, with a big boxy featureless van like body, unconventional high flat bonnet and a bland and flat rear. This car is doing well in Japan, but due to its very plain-jane almost people carrier appearance, it may not do well on our shores. The interior boasts of lot of space with comfortable seating for five people and excellent head and leg room.
The engine is the most attractive part of the Suzuki MR Wagon, a small 660cc 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 54 BHP of power and 63 Nm of torque. There is also a turbo-charged version producing 64 BHP. In spite of being smaller than the Alto’s 800cc engine, it is more powerful and has more torque. Its international claimed fuel efficiency figure is of 32 km/l which is simply mind blowing.
We do not expect this vehicle to be launched in India. But the brilliant little engine opens lots of possibilities. This frugal engine can be used to power the current Atlo as well as many other small cars from the Maruti Suzuki range. With better power and fuel efficiency and a turbocharged version as well, this small capacity motor can be the future of Suzuki in India.
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