Maruti Suzuki has added another model under its BS-VI kitty. The Maruti WagonR BS-VI price in India starts from Rs 4.42 lakh and goes up to Rs 5.41 lakh, ex-showroom. This price is Rs 8,000 more than that of the BS-IV model. According to us, that’s a nominal number for a superior technology and lower emissions.
What’s new in the Maruti WagonR BS-VI?
For starters, the model got a generation change earlier this year. Hence there are no visible changes that one can spot. The engine is the key differential here. As of now, only the 1.2-litre motor has been updated. This engine puts out 83PS of power and 113Nm of torque. These numbers are the same as before. A 5-speed manual or automatic transmission is paired with this motor. The smaller 1.0-litre engine still produces 68PS/90Nm as well and is BS-VI compliant too. However, it’s CNG versions are still BS-IV. One can order this engine only with a 5-speed manual transmission. The fuel efficieny of both the engines has gone down by a bit. However, in the real world, as reported by customers it doesn’t make a huge difference. This is precisely the reason why the WagonR never had a diesel engine. Recently the car was recalled to fix a faulty fuel hose too.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is the only BS-VI car in its category. The early mover advantage certainly will rest with Maruti. Hyundai is said to be updating it’s 1.1-litre engine and so will the others. With Maruti setting the precedent, it’s clear that BS-VI petrol engines may not cost much more than the BS-IV units. In fact, it’s the diesels that are expected to be priced much higher. Around a lakh or more. We will have to wait for the final figure when some manufacturer eventually has the guts to launch one.