“Suzuki Wagon R”
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[ The Suzuki Wagon R ]
(The Suzuki Wagon R – スズキ・ワゴン R)
[ 1993 ~ present day ]
The Suzuki Wagon R was first produced in 1993 and has since appeared over 6 Generations. Related to the Suzuki Pallette it is one of the first kei-cars to use the ‘tall wagon‘ or ‘tall boy‘ design, in which the car is designed to be unusually tall with a short bonnet and almost vertical hatchback and sides, in order to maximize the cabin space while staying within the kei-car regulations. Produced at the Kosai Assembly Plant at Kosai in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan, it has been the best-selling kei car in Japan since 2003 and is still in production today.
Karimum Wagon R (Indonesia)
The later (from February 1997) Wagon R Wide also known as the Wide+ is slightly larger and has a bigger engine (996cc-1.2 litre) and is therefore out of the kei-car class. It is this model that is widely sold throughout the world with considerable success. Depending on the country, under various names such as Chevrolet; Holden; Maruti; Opal & Vauxhall, a total of over 5 million units have been sold up to February 2010.
The 1st Generation (1993 – 2006)
The Wagon R used the same 660cc F6A 3-cylinder engines as did the Alto and other Suzuki kei cars. Originally with 2 doors on the near side and a single door on the off side, it was introduced at the 1993 Tōkyō Motor Show. Later cars received the more common, symmetrical 5-door setup. For the model year 1994, it won the ‘Automotive Researchers & Journalists Conference‘ ‘Car of the Year‘ award in Japan.
The 2nd Generation (1998 – 2010)
1998 saw the introduction of the 2nd-Generation Wagon R in Japan.
The 3rd Generation (2003 – 2008)
The 3rd Generation Wagon R was launched in Japan in September 2003 for the Wagon R’s 10th Anniversary, only as a 660cc K6A engined kei-car. The 3rd Generation was then facelifted in September 2005 and replaced 3 years later.
Wagon R 3G ‘Stingray‘
The Stingray, first seen in February 2007, was a sportier version of the 3rd Generation Wagon R. In addition to a more aggressive front end treatment, the Stingray also received clear taillights, alloy wheels and an aero kit as standard. The 660cc engine was powered by a turbocharger, further enhancing the speed and acceleration. The Stingray went from 0-100 kph in about 15 seconds.
The 4th Generation (2008 – 2012)
The 4th Generation Wagon R was launched in Japan in September 2008 along with the sportier Stingray. Significant differences for the new generation included larger rear doors, which incorporate quarter glass, eliminating the need for a D-pillar arrangement. Powertrain options included naturally aspirated and turbocharged 660cc engines with the latter developing an output of 64 PS (47 kW), mated to a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. As with many other Japanese market models, customers can also choose between front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions.
Wagon R 4G ‘Stingray‘
The 5th Generation (2012 – 2017)
The 5th Generation Wagon R range was launched in Japan in September 2012 and for the first time, this generation now came with the new mild-hybrid system named ‘ENE-CHARGE‘ (short for ‘energy charge’) and an energy-saving electric air-conditioning system dubbed ‘ECO-COOL‘. With the R06A engine combined with an electric motor/generator and a lithium-ion battery, this new ENE-CHARGE provides regenerative braking and at least some level of power assist to the internal combustion engine while it can also run certain electrical equipment.
Thanks to this technology, the new Wagon R can get up to 28.8 km/l in Japan’s JC08 driving cycle (67.8mpg US, 3.5lt/100 km EU or 81.4mpg UK). The JC08 test represents driving in congested city traffic, including idling periods and frequently alternating acceleration and deceleration. Measurement is made twice, with a cold start and with a warm start.
The 6th Generation (2017 ~ )
The 6th Generation Wagon R range will be launched in Japan in 2017. The new Wagon R was leaked on the internet in January 2017 and it looks like the 2nd Generation Wagon R, but with a newer design.
The “Suzuki Wagon R” in Computer Games:
1995 Suzuki Wagon R in Kat’s Run-Zennihon K Car Senshuken 1995: Wagon R in Choro Q2, 1997: Wagon R in Front Mission Alternative 1997: Wagon R in Runabout (Felony 11/79) 1997: Wagon R in Choro Q3, 1998: ’93 Wagon R in Racing Lagoon 1999: ’95 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 2, 1999: ’97 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 2, 1999: ’98 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 2, 1999: ’98 Wagon R in Top Gear: Dare Devil 2000: Wagon R in Choro Q HG (Gadget Racers) 2000: Wagon R in GT Advance Championship Racing 2001: Wagon R in Choro Q HG 2 (Everywhere Road Trip) 2002: ’95 Wagon R in GT Cube (GT Pro Series) 2003: Wagon R in Choro Q HG 4 (Choro Q) 2003: Wagon R in GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing 2003: Wagon R in Midnight Club II 2003: Wagon R in Shutokou Battle 01 (Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3) 2003: ’98 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 4, 2004: Wagon R in Front Mission 5: Scars of the War 2005: Wagon R in Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix 2005: ’98 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 2009: ’98 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 5, 2010: Wagon R in Where’s Stig 2010: Wagon R in Everybody Cha Cha Cha 2012: ’98 Wagon R in Gran Turismo 6, 2013: ’03 Wagon R in Shutokou Battle Xtreme 2017: