In the emerging market like India, fuel efficiency has been a primary driving force in the automobile sector. In fact, the basic slogan on which Maruti Suzuki drives its innovations forward is ‘KitnaDetiHai?”- how much (mileage) does it give? With a maker thriving on such values, it is not surprising but only normal to see the Wagon R LXi come in as a ‘green’ car! The simple reason for this is that it is one of the very few hatchbacks that have the provision of riding on both petrol and CNG! While the petrol mileage is ticked at a high of 20.51 under test conditions, the CNG mileage brings the fuel cost down to less than a rupee per kilometer! It is lesser than a petrol driven two-wheeler and can bring revolution in the Indian scenario by making the automobile sector penetrate deeper into the rural areas. The only obstacle in doing so, till now, has been the limited availability of CNG in rural India. Even many of the major cities are still devoid of CNG supply till date. But this variant offers a unique and probably one of the pioneer models of a hybrid car in the hatchback category that can run on dual fuel options.
The car comes with accentuated front grilles, silver roof rails and body-colored bumpers along with fenders. The effect tail lamps and designer back door garnish only add to its glory. The wheel caps come with the prestigious ‘S’-badge on them, and the car also boasts of tubeless tyres along with body moldings and antenna.
The interiors of the Wagon R LXi variant is well fabricated with plush 3-D floor carpets to keep the car clean. The roof linings ensure greater effectiveness of the AC and dust-free interiors. The car boasts of the tallest interior space in the hatchback category and so, there is adequate head and leg space for the travelers.The ergonomically designed seats ensure cool comfort while the black gear knob is a reflection of how even the smallest things are given importance to- it is extremely suitable for emergency gear shifting condition. The trim fabrics along the door linings and the 3-positioned interior lamp add to the marvel. Both the front and rear seats are provided with head rests for comfort on long journeys. IRVM and the Sunvisors are provided in front, while there is the provision of surround sound too!
The Wagon R LXi has the tilt power steering system that is good for driving as well as for the driver to make him comfortable. The front doors have power windows while all the four doors are secured by the central locking system. The rear seats are split and can be folded for more comfort for the rear passenger, when required. Even the pair of front seats are sliding and can be converted into fully flat beds, ensuring proper resting of the driver on long tours. There are 3 assist grips for the passengers while there are also integrated push-type cup holders on both sides. The AC is having a rotary system to operate and is equipped with built-in heaters for the winters. There are provisions for remote controlled fuel lid and tailgate openers. There are back seat pockets (behind front seats), map pockets (front doors) and side storage spaces (back doors) provided too.
Apart from greater fuel efficiency and the provision of being a green car, the Wagon R LXi variant is high on safety and security too! It comes with a shock absorbing body structure equipped with side impact beams. The 3-point ELR seat belts ensure a safe journey even on bumpy roads or in case of sudden braking. The head lamps with leveling device and the 2-speee and intermittent wipers with washers ensure that the driver’s vision is not at all obstructed. The car has a seat belt warning lamp to ensure all are wearing them and also child-proof rear door locking systems to let the driver go ahead in peace. The high mount stop lamp ensures safety from the cars behind as well as the i-CATS (computerized antitheft system) secures the car when parked along any unmanned roadside.