Maruti Suzuki’s WagonR, one of their most successful brand name, is set to enter its third generation in 2017. The company intends to launch the new WagonR, which is codenamed as YAC, by January 2017 and start mass production by May 2017 according to a report on Economic Times.
The most interesting extract of this is that this 3rd-gen WagonR will also get a new longer variant with additional 2 seats at the rear to make it a 7-seater compact MPV, quite similar to the upcoming Datsun Go+. This 7-Seater WagonR is internally called as YJC and will sit under the Ertiga as an entry level offering.
The current-gen WagonR which was launched in 2010, will be replaced by this new-gen car, and will be manufactured at Maruti’s upcoming Gujarat plant.
As per the report, the company is waiting for a go ahead from their shareholders. As per the present Companies Act one needs to have consent from 75 per cent of the shareholders to go ahead with the Gujarat plant. An amendment is expected to happen soon in the Companies Act which will allow them to get the green light with 50 percent supporters only. Suzuki has even started inviting requests for quotations from vendors to build its Gujarat plant.
There are also reports of the WagonR getting an AMT in the near future and it appears Maruti Suzuki will launch it up in a minor cosmetic facelift within this year only.
Pictures of 7-Seat WagonR showcased in Indonesia credit: Automotif.Kompas