The all-new 2009 Suzuki Wagon R and Wagon R Stingray have been introduced into Japanese market. Both are the models are based on a revised platform that has a longer wheelbase which promises to improve cabin space over the old out-going model. It’s essentially the same car and model line-up as the Mazda AZ-Wagon.The standard Wagon R gets a friendly face with large, tall headlamps, while the sportier-themed Wagon R Stingray gets a chrome grille strip that runs between its thinner, horizontal lamps.
The rest follows the standard kei-car formula.Darker, more masculine colors characterize the Stingray, while the Wagon R clearly targets women in its audience, featuring a color palette with lighter solids and pastels. Powertrain options include naturally aspirated and turbocharged 660cc engines with the latter developing an output of 64 HP, matted to a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission.The turbocharged Stingray with CVT even gets paddle shifters to give drivers complete control over the 64 ponies corraled underhood. A snazzier, dark with some nifty interior lighting is also available for the Stingray version.
The models will come with a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive versions.
Suzuki hopes to sell 18,000 new Wagon Rs every month, and if the previous generation showed us anything, we can expect to see a variety of spinoff models over time.