• Sep 25th 2008 at 4:28PM
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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the new Suzuki Wagon R Stingray

As of today, Suzuki has a new Wagon R on the market in Japan. It's joined by a new Wagon R Stingray variant (above) as well, and the duo will set about filling the shoes of their bestselling predecessors. The new Wagon Rs don't lose their signature boxiness, but they wear all-new sheetmetal and sit on a longer wheelbase. 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 includes women in its target audience, sporting a color palette loaded with the lighter solids and pastels. 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 CVT even gets paddle shifters to give drivers complete control over the 64 ponies corraled underhood. A snazzier, dark interior with some nifty lighting is also available in the Stingray.

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.

[Source: Suzuki]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The market for rolling toasters is going to get awfully crowded very fast, with the addition of the Soul, et al to US showrooms. Seeing as Toyota only sells all about 43,000 units a year of these things, it's not like the midsize market where multiple manufacturers are selling a quarter million plus units. There are only so many youth dollars available and now, with tightening creditlines, those dollars are going to be harder to extract.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Suzuki Stingray? Sounds as right as "Corvette Type R".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget Xb people, anyone would want that stingray if it was released here and less than 10K$
      • 6 Years Ago
      64hp? Yikes. Hope the thing weighs under 2,400 lbs if it wants to have any hope of being even remotely capable of getting out of its own way.

      Other than that, I don't see the low hp figure being a problem so long as it brings with it high fuel economy (40s-50s mpg hwy).
        • 6 Years Ago
        2400 lbs? I doubt it weights much more than half of that. This is Japan, remember, and they haven't bought in to the whole weight=safety and weight="cool" myths.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That sumbitch is UGLY! Maybe I'm just an old 37 year-old. I asked my 14 year-old daughter though and she agrees (that that thing is fugly, not that I'm old). To each his own.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I like it....... And those rims are nice for a small car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I used to have an '03 Wagon-R RR Turbo. They're fun little cars. At 160 yen per liter, they're worth it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      whats up smart fortwo/xB?
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