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Suzuki Wagon R 1 generation, restyling 10.1995 - 03.1997

1 generation, restyling
10.1995 - 03.1997
E-CT21S, E-CV21S
1 generation, restyling
In October 1995, the Suzuki Wagon R, which revolutionized the compact car class, was improved in many ways. For example, an expensive RV modification appeared, which was decorated with spectacular linings and a body kit, a double exhaust pipe, an additional handle on the trunk door, new aluminum 13-inch wheels in a 4-spoke design, powerful fog lights and exclusive leather upholstery. Attached to this was also the upgraded 64-horsepower turbo engine with increased torque. In general, after restyling, all Suzuki Wagon R got more “gloss”, the suspension was reconfigured. Soon there was a 5-door modification.
 The interior of the headrests has been changed, seat upholstery has been improved, a new type of rear seats has been installed, a tray for things under the driver's seat. The heat-insulating properties of the front glass are improved, and the tailgate received an electric lock. As before, Loft models with reduced ride height were offered. At first, the car was produced with the same number of doors: two on the left side, one on the right, plus a trunk door (a total of four). But in April 1996, in order to meet customers, and in response to rival Daihatsu Move, the company introduced the FX limited model in a 5-door body. The standard additions were roof rails, air conditioning and antibacterial preparation, radio, power accessories.  The most powerful modifications to the Suzuki Wagon R received a 3-cylinder SOHC 6V engine, boosted to a maximum power output of 64 hp. (at 6000 rpm) and a torque of 98 Nm (at 4000 rpm). The 660 RT / S turbo models continued to be equipped with the previous version of the same F6A turbo unit (61 hp 90 Nm). The atmospheric design SOHC 12V had a margin of 55 "forces" (60 Nm). Engines worked in conjunction with a 5-speed manual transmission or 3-band automatic. For the Suzuki Wagon R, both front-wheel and all-wheel drive modifications were provided. Depending on the version, gasoline consumption ranged from 4.6 to 6.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km.

 Suzuki Wagon R has an independent front suspension (MacPherson struts) and a rear suspension of the ITL (Isolated Trailing Link) type, which is a beam with trailing arms and coil springs. All-wheel drive cars have a rear suspension - a bridge on springs. The brake system combines disk mechanisms in the front (for turbo - increased diameter) and drum mechanisms in the rear. Power steering rack and pinion type. The dimensions of the body of the Wagon R were imposed by the standard for "key cars", advanced back in 1990. Its length did not exceed 3.3 m (in this case - 3295 mm), a width of 1.4 m (1395 mm), and a height of 2 meters (1640-1695 mm). The spaciousness of the cabin in this class is a relative concept. The Wagon R had a length of 1685 mm, a width of 1180, and a height of 1315-1340 mm. With the rear seats folded, a flat trunk area was obtained. A high roof made it possible to load more things than, for example, in the sister Suzuki Alto, and an additional glazing height improved visibility.

 After restyling, the Suzuki Wagon R has improved safety performance. The front belts received height adjustment. An airbag for the driver was installed in October 1995 as an option of the manufacturer, first only for individual trim levels, and then became a standard option for all models. In 1996, an LED high-mounted brake light appeared, integrated in an optional rear spoiler.

 The advantages of the Wagon R are clear even from its name: almost “bus” landing, decent internal height, etc. n. Disadvantages - low ground clearance, weak base engine. It is worth considering the high cost of spare parts for this generation. In April 1997, a second restyling took place. Interestingly, shortly before this, on the basis of the first generation Wagon R, the company released a larger liter-class Wagon R Wide model.