The latest version of Suzuki's highly popular Wagon R+ GL has been substantially enhanced for the 2003 model year by the addition of a variety of new features which will broaden, even further, its appeal to UK car buyers.
The additions to this model, now available from all 150 UK dealers, include:
- An increase in seating capacity from four to five with the addition of a 3-point ELR seatbelt and centrally located third head restraint for the rear seat
- A new 'solid-type' hinged and removable rear parcel shelf to enclose the luggage compartment
- The incorporation of new 'clear lens' headlamps to further improve the car's distinctive, rounded front end appearance
- Stylish all new upholstery fabrics, which are colour matched to co-ordinate with the exterior paintwork and add to the appeal of the car's interior
- Two side pockets - for stowage of small or fragile items are now incorporated in the luggage compartment - expanding the versatiliy of the spacious interior
- A new tailgate opening handle - incorporating the locking mechanism - now distinguishes the rear of the 2003 Wagon R+ GL from its predecessor
- Two distinctive all new metallic colours - sapphire blue and turquoise green - are introduced bringing to five the exterior finishes available
Delivered* prices for the 2003 model year Wagon R+ GL remain unchanged at £7,975 for the 5-speed manual and £8,770 for the 4-speed automatic.
Wagon R+ is one of Suzuki's best selling models, worldwide. In the UK alone more than 22,000 have been sold since its launch in its original form in Europe in 1997.
Wagon R+ is the European version of Wagon R, another unique, trend setting model from Suzuki.
*These on the road prices include delivery to the dealer, number plates, 12 months Government Road Fund Licence and the First Registration Fee
First launched in the Japanese domestic market in 1993 Wagon R soon became one of that Country's best selling cars, a position it has retained ever since.
With almost two million units produced the Wagon R series has become one of the Japanese motor industry's greatest success stories and whilst in recent years other car makers have attempted to imitate the concept, Wagon R continues to be the dominant, most widely acclaimed and top selling model in its sector, world-wide.
Spacious And Practical ... Bigger In Than Out
Longer and wider than the original Japanese domestic market model, but still just 11ft 4ins (3,500mm) in length and 5ft 3ins (1,620mm) in width, the latest generation Wagon R+ takes up very little room on the road or when parked, yet it offers a spacious, easy to use interior and the feeling of a car that is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
With its rounded, distinctly modern 'high-cube' body design, wheels at the extremes of each corner, five large wide opening doors and low side sills, the benefits of Wagon R+ are immediately apparent and despite its compact dimensions it provides advanced levels of interior flexibility, storage and driver and passenger appeal.
Versatility, practicality and flexibility are, for most, the keywords which sum up their first impressions of the interior of Wagon R+.
The height of Wagon R+ provides more than adequate headroom whilst its interior width means that there is plenty of shoulder room and good luggage capacity.
Leg room, too, is generous and all seats are designed to offer good lateral support. Those at the front are fully adjustable and recline into a variety of different positions.
The separately folding rear seats can be folded flat in a single action, enabling large and awkwardly proportioned items of luggage to be accommodated with ease providing numerous and varied seating and loading arrangements.
With both folded there is a full 1,250 litres (VDA, measured to the roof) of available cargo and luggage space, accommodating wide, long, tall and unusually shaped loads or packages with ease.
The large wide rear tailgate opens upwards - so luggage and packages can be easily loaded and accessed - whilst at the same time it is just the right height to act as a canopy offering shelter from the elements when necessary.
Wagon R+ offers all the comforts and practicality of many much larger vehicles and it is particularly well specified with a high quality interior that is durable, practical and attractive.
Easy to 'read at a glance' instruments - faced in black with white needles and lit at night by a warm amber glow - are located within an ergonomically designed panel in front of the driver.
Full sized SRS driver and front passenger airbags, electric power steering, electric mirrors and front windows, all-round central locking, a digital clock, tinted glass, colour coded bumpers, roof rails, a radio/CD player, tachometer, 3 interior 'grab' handles, 2-speed/intermittent wipers, rear wash/wipe, 4-speed heating/ventilation system and a heated rear window are all standard.
Wagon R+ - with the load capacity of an estate car when the rear seats are folded, the manoeuvrability of a compact car and the convenience of a hatchback - provides an attractive personal 'lifestyle' package with very broad consumer appeal.
Practicality And Flexibility
The ideal all-round family vehicle for shopping, the school run and commuting. Wagon R+, thanks to its flexible and spacious load areas, folding and reclining seats, spirited performance and the wide range of accessories that are available, will also appeal to those involved in a very wide range of leisure pursuits and numerous 'lifestyle' activities, all the time making life that much easier for its driver and passengers.
The 1.3-litre Wagon R+ GL is covered by Suzuki Shield, a 3 year / 60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, by Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour roadside assistance, recovery and associated services for 36 months and by a 12 year perforation warranty.Published 30 October 2002