Images of the next-gen Suzuki WagonR and WagonR Stingray have leaked in Japan, ahead of the car's scheduled launch later this month. The images suggest that the next-gen WagonR will get a very distinctive styling, especially in comparison to the looks of the current model.
The new model continues to have a tallboy design, though the design philosophy has now taken a bolder route. The regular WagonR gets split headlamps, a two-part grille and wide air dams. The side profile is characterized by a large body-coloured B-pillar, a prominent character line that runs across the door panels and mildly flared wheel arches. The rear end is similar to that of the Japan-spec Alto, with a large tailgate and lower-placed taillights.
Meanwhile, the WagonR Stingray comes with a larger single-piece front grille and vertically placed headlamp assemblies. The side profile is identical to the standard model, while the rear gets a blacked out number plate housing in the bumper, and clear lens for the taillights.
There are no details about the interiors or engine options that will be on offer with the new WagonR in Japan. However, reports suggest that it will continue to be powered by a 600 cc petrol engine, which is also seen on the Japan-spec Suzuki Alto.
If Maruti decides to bring the new-gen WagonR to India, it will need to comprehensively revise its styling as the quirky design of the Japan-spec model won't appeal to the Indian buyers. The manufacturer might also need to expand the engine bay area to house the larger 1.0-litre petrol engine.
Source: Autocar India