Suzuki MR Wagon

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Suzuki MR Wagon
Suzuki MR Wagon Sport.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Suzuki
Maruti
Also called Nissan Moco
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Estilo
Suzuki Karimun Estilo
Production 2001–present
Assembly Gurgaon, India[1]
Japan
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive (AWD)
Related Suzuki Alto
Suzuki Wagon R
Chronology
Successor Suzuki Karimun Wagon R (Indonesia)

The Suzuki MR Wagon is a kei car with a mini MPV body, seating four, manufactured by Suzuki for the Japanese market only, and also marketed in Japan by Nissan as the Nissan Moco under an OEM agreement. The model debuted in 2001, and since 2007 it has been in its second generation. It was launched in India by Maruti Suzuki as Maruti Zen Estilo in 2006, Maruti Zen Estilo was discontinued in 2009 and renamed as Maruti Estilo.

The vehicle's name is somewhat misleading, as it does not sport a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout (which is often abbreviated as RMR, or more commonly, MR). However, the name "Moco" was changed in some countries because of the Spanish language meaning of the word "moco" ("snot" or "booger").


First generation[edit]

Suzuki MR Wagon, 1st generation (pre-facelifted)
First generation
2004 Suzuki MR Wagon 01.jpg
Overview
Production 2001-2006 (Japan)
2006-2012 (India/Indonesia)
Powertrain
Engine 657 cc inline-3 dohc 40 kW
657 cc inline-3 turbo dohc 44 kW
Transmission 4-speed automatic column shift
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,590–1,600 mm (62.6–63.0 in)
Curb weight 840 to 900 kg (1,850 to 1,980 lb)
Nissan Moco, 1st generation

The first generation model went on sale on December 4, 2001, featuring Suzuki's K6A kei car engine, in either naturally aspirated (40 kW / 54 hp) or turbocharged (44 kW / 60 hp) versions, available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In all versions, the transmission was a 4-speed transmission with column shift. A hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the first-generation MR Wagon was presented in 2005, using technology co-developed with General Motors.

The Nissan Moco version was presented as a concept car on the 35th Tokyo Motor Show in 2001 and only went on sale on April 10, 2002. The basic engine, drive and transmission choices were the same as for the Suzuki. The major difference between the Nissan and Suzuki versions was the Nissan's "wing" grille resembling that of the contemporary Nissan Primera P12. The sales of the Nissan version stabilized at about 3,000-4,000 units a month, actually exceeding the MR Wagon's sales.

Zen Estilo/Estilo/Karimun Estilo[edit]

The first generation model went on sale in India in December 2006 as the Maruti Zen Estilo. The Zen Estilo however, is powered by a larger F10D 1.1L MPFI engine that also powers the Wagon R in the Japanese market.

Zen Estilo

2009 Facelift

A facelifted variant was released in August 2009 as the Maruti Estilo, losing the Zen moniker entirely. This transition has brought about a steady decline in sales for this model though the facelift has brought significant improvement in performance and styling over the car's Japanese variants.

The facelifted model featured significantly updated styling and the Suzuki K10B Three-cylinder 12-valve engine, producing a maximum power output of 68PS(50 kW)@6200rpm and 92Nm(68 lb-ft)@3500 of torque.[2] This model also sported a slightly stiffer rear multi-link (3-link) suspension setup[3] in an effort to curb body roll and improve stability at high speed. Features such as rear fog light, new instrument console and new interior colours were also added to enhance appeal.

However, in February 2014, the Estilo was discontinued in order to make room for the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatchback.[4]

The first generation model is sold in Indonesia as the Suzuki Karimun Estilo, replaced the first generation Wagon R based Suzuki Karimun. Production began in 2006 and sales began in 2007. A facelifted variant was released in 2009, also called Suzuki Estilo. The sales of the Karimun Estilo was discontinued in 2012-2013 in favor of Suzuki Splash. In 2013, IndoMobil Suzuki International announced that the fourth generation Suzuki Wagon R will launched in Indonesia in 2014, replaced the Karimun Estilo.

Second generation[edit]

Second generation
Suzuki Mrwagon 2006.JPG
Overview
Production 2006-2011
Assembly Japan
Powertrain
Engine 657 cc DOHC I3
657 cc DOHC turbo I3
Transmission 4-speed automatic console shift
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,600–1,620 mm (63.0–63.8 in)
Curb weight 820 to 900 kg (1,810 to 1,980 lb)
Nissan Moco, 2nd generation
Suzuki MR Wagon Wit

The model's second generation was previewed at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in 2005, where a concept called Mom's Personal Wagon was presented, with many features intended to be useful for a mother driving her children, including food trays, a front bench seat and pillarless suicide doors on the left side (which is the curb side in Japan). None of those would eventually make it to the actual MR Wagon, which went on sale on January 20 (Moco on February 1) the following year, while on the other hand the model features the new keyless entry and start system. The engine, drive and shifter choice remained the same, with the same availability in both Nissan and Suzuki versions, but the gear shifter is now located on the instrument panel. As with the first generation, the cars are almost identical in outside appearance, but have different front end designs.

This generation of the MR Wagon has the MF22S chassis code. It was replaced in 2011.

Third generation[edit]

Third generation
Suzuki MR Wagon X 4WD MF33S ZSF.JPG
Overview
Production 2011-present
Assembly Japan
Powertrain
Engine 658 cc R06A VVT DOHC I3
658 cc R06A VVT DOHC turbo I3
Transmission CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,625 mm (64.0 in)
Curb weight 790 to 880 kg (1,740 to 1,940 lb)

The third generation of the MR Wagon was launched in Japan on 20 January 2011.[5] It carries the MF33S chassis code. A month later the Nissan Moco followed. It has the all new Suzuki R-series engine, which features variable valve timing and an unusually high compression ratio (11.0:1 for the naturally aspirated version).

As of 2013 the engines have been modified, and now features stop-start and other technology intended to lower consumption and emissions. This is currently (2013) the most fuel efficient wagon in the Kei class.[6] In July 2013 the MR Wagon Wit, a better equipped model with a more traditional chromed grille, was introduced. The turbo engine is now restricted to the Wit TS, with all other versions offering the NA engine (L, X, Wit LS, Wit XS).[6]

MR Wagon Wit, with a chrome grille

References[edit]

  • "Global Autoindex". Retrieved 2007-01-25.  (technical data in infoboxes)
  • The article incorporates text translated from the corresponding Japanese Wikipedia articles on the Suzuki MR Wagon and Nissan Moco as of January 25, 2007.

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