With the development of an LPG variant of its latest generation Wagon-R yet to be complete, Maruti India, has resumed selling the alternate option in the old version of the model. After launching the new generation Wagon-R in April, the company had discontinued the ‘Duo’ variant of the old Wagon-R, which had both petrol and LPG options.
“We are now selling the ‘Duo’ and it will continue till the LPG variant of the new WagonR is ready. The work on new LPG is going on,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chief General Manager (Marketing) Shashank Srivastava said.
‘Duo’ was contributing about 20-22 per cent of total Wagon-R sales, which stood at 10,000-12,000 units a month and the LPG variant is priced at Rs 3.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
When asked about likely timeline for launching the model, he said: “The R&D team has just started the work and it is unlikely that the LPG variant will be ready in this fiscal.”
Meanwhile, the company will launch the factory-fitted CNG version of Wagon-R in this month. Along with, four other models — Alto, Estilo, Eeco and SX4 — will be launched on a single day in the second week of the month.
Maruti had invested Rs. 290 crore in upgrading the Wagon-R, which has been sold nearly 9 lakh units since 1999.