The Suzuki Wagon R has a small and loyal following here in NZ, and fans of the boxy little beast will be pleased to know that Suzuki have just released the latest incarnation in Japan.
The new Wagon R is joined by a new Wagon R Stingray variant, neither vehicle loses its defining boxiness but they have all new bodies and a longer wheelbase. The standard Wagon R gets a new look with larger headlamps, while the meaner Wagon R Stingray gets some teeth with a chrome strip that runs between its more horizontal headlamps.
The Stingray is available in darker more masculine colours, while the Wagon R is more feminine in its approach with an available colour palette that includes lighter shades and pastels. Under the hood normally-aspirated and turbocharged 660cc engines are offered, mated to either 4- or 5-speed automatics or a CVT, depending on trim level. The turbocharged Stingray with the CVT gets paddle shifters to keep the 64 hp under total control.
Suzuki has high hopes for the Wagon R in the Japanese domestic market, and it should only be a short wait before we see the boxy goodness of the Wagon R down here in NZ.