With the launch of the Datsun Go+ MPV a few days away, reports are emerging that Maruti is seriously considering launching a 7-seater version of the WagonR too. Codenamed the ‘YJC’, the 7-seater will appeal to those looking for a large family car that does not break the bank. Maruti had showcased the YJC as the WagonR 3-Rows Concept at the 2013 Indonesian Motor Show, and had attracted a lot of interest in most markets that Suzuki operates in, including India.
The concept is the same, use the same platform as a hatchback, extend the dimensions of the car to accommodate a extra-row of seats and keep the price low. The launch of the Datsun Go+ and the rave reviews that the car has received from the press has forced Maruti to consider launching a production version of the 3-Rows Concept.
If Maruti follows the 3-Rows Concept to the ‘T’, the resultant production model will not look very different from the standard WagonR hatchback. The telling point will be the length of the car, which will exceed the 3,599mm length of the hatchback but not 4-metres. Just like the 3-Rows Concept, the third-row seats will be reasonably-roomy but will leave no space for luggage apart from when the seats are not used or when the seats are folded forward.
The Maruti WagonR 7-seater will be powered by the same 1.0-litre K-series petrol engine that powers the hatchback, the company may even plonk in one of their in-house developed diesel motors too. The suspension will be adjusted to take on the extra weight.
Maruti is expected to price the WagonR 7-seater with a Rs. 50,000 premium over the hatchback variant, which means that it could be priced between Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh, ex-showroom.
Though it will be more expensive than the Datsun Go+, which will be priced between Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 4 lakh, it will score in the interior quality, equipment and after-sales department.
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