Suzuki has been on a roll lately. They introduced the facelifted Ciaz last year, debuted the second-generation Ertiga, and charmed the motoring industry with the all-new Jimny. They're starting off this year with yet another boxy, upright little runabout. Say hello to the 2019 Suzuki Wagon R.
Yes, there's also a new Wagon R in Japan, but that has evolved into a different vehicle for a different purpose. The Wagon R outside of Japan is larger than its domestic market cousin, meaning it is bigger, wider and taller than its predecessor. It is now underpinned by the company's new 'Heartect' platform and comes with a bolder exterior and interior design than the old model.
Starting off with its looks, the new Wagon R gets an evolutionary redesign with its more rounded design and shape. The front grill is now more stylish while the headlights and front bumper have been made to look sportier. Also new are the redesigned 13-inch wheels, revised C-pillar, and the more prominent wheel arches and taillights.
Step inside and the Wagon R greets its occupants with a pre-dominantly gray and beige interior (internally known as Greige). It keeps the familiar and ergonomic design as its stablemates, but has been refreshed to look more contemporary. Also receiving a makeover are the three-spoke steering wheel, instrument panel, and the center console. Available on high-grade models is a touchscreen infotainment system. With it, features like Bluetooth, USB, Aux, AM/FM radio and smartphone mirrorlink can be had in the 2019 Wagon R.
Like its predecessor, the 2019 WagonR is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It puts out 68 PS at 5500 rpm along with 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. Power is then sent to a five-speed manual transmission that drives the front wheels. For those that need more power, a 1.2-liter four-cylinder will also be avaialble in the 2019 WagonR. It puts out 82 PS with 113 Nm of torque and is connected to a five-speed automated-manual gearbox that Suzuki calls Auto Gear Shift (AGS).
As far as safety features are concerned, the 2019 Wagon R comes with the following: dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, rear parking sensors, child-proof rear door locks, and seat belt reminders.
Like the quirky looks? Don't raise your expectations that much as the Wagon R has, traditionally, been a right-hand drive market vehicle. However, the Wagon R was once offered in left-hand drive in Europe as the Opel Agila, so there is a slim possibility of it getting left-hand drive, and be offered in ASEAN markets.