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Suzuki Wagon R 3 generation 09.2003 - 08.2005

3 generation
09.2003 - 08.2005
3 generation
The Wagon R belongs to the highly compact compact minivan category in Japan. In 2003, the next generational change took place. If you look at the photo, you can immediately see the similarities with the very first Wagon R (1993). Of course, the similarity is primarily external - due to the "box" design, which was originally laid down in the development. The company felt that such a style would be equally attractive for women, the main buyers of cars of this class, and for men. The Wagon R concept, embodied in all three generations, is different from other Japanese cars and, as time has shown, this approach was justified. In addition to a more solid exterior, a distinctive feature of the third generation was the use of a completely new suspension and chassis, which improved the handling of the car. The car is equipped with a DOHC VVT three-cylinder engine (54 l. sec.) or turbocharged units (60 and 64 hp).
 A closer look at the 2003 Suzuki Wagon R reveals a major improvement to the overall concept. The manufacturer claims that while maintaining the same body size, the interior space is increased. The front struts are shifted as far forward as possible, the angle of inclination of the windshield is reduced - the “carriage” type of body structure that more closely matches the minivan is now readily visible in the appearance. The quality of the interior has improved. Front and rear seats are standardly equipped with center armrests. The steering column is adjustable tilt, for cars with an “automatic” on it is a gear lever, respectively, the floor in the front of the cabin is flat and free. The rear seats with a double folding mechanism received an increased adjustment range, became more convenient in shape. In addition to the usual series of cars, the manufacturer continued to produce “RR” models, which have not only the most powerful engine, but also a special appearance: headlights, a front grill, bumpers differ, stylish 14-inch alloy wheels are installed.

 The base unit of the Suzuki Wagon R 2003-2005 - the three-cylinder DOHC 12V - in the atmospheric version is equipped with a variable valve timing system and produces a maximum power of 54 liters. with. Turbocharged models were offered in two versions: a more economical version of the “M turbo” with a capacity of 60 hp. and “S turbo” with a maximum return of 64 hp The sports-class RR-DI model was the first turbocharged mini-car to be equipped with a direct injection system. The engines were aggregated with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, with the “mechanics” being offered only for the simplest modifications with the base engine. With the aspirated engine, under the hood, the Suzuki Wagon R consumes between 4.3 and 5.4 liters of gasoline per 100 km. Among the turbocharged models, the most economical are the RR-DI versions - 5.2-5.4 l / 100 km. Conventional turbo cars consume 5.4-5.6 l / 100 km.

 With the transition to a new platform, the stiffness of the connection of the engine with the transmission was increased. This made it possible to reduce vibrations and achieve a reduction in noise level, which is very important when using a three-cylinder engine. In general, the type of chassis design remains unchanged: MacPherson strut front, dependent rear suspension. The Suzuki Wagon R has disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, electric power steering. The car was equipped with 13- or 14-inch wheels. The dimensions of its body: length 3395 mm, width 1475 mm, height 1635-1655 mm. The wheelbase has not changed - 2360 mm. It was possible to keep the minimum turning radius in a low value - only 4.1-4.4 meters. If we talk about the size of the cabin, then its length is 1800-1850 mm, depending on the configuration. In width and height, the interior can be considered almost square - 1295x1305 mm. Folding rear seats will increase the amount of luggage. If you fold the left rear seat and the front passenger seat, you can carry long things.

 Standard Suzuki Wagon R safety systems include two front airbags for the driver and passenger, front belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and door stiffeners. The active anti-lock braking system is responsible for the active movement control. Some versions were equipped with xenon headlights that better illuminate the road and also contribute to increased safety.

 Suzuki Wagon R is one of the best-selling subcompact cars in Japan. By 2003, total sales amounted to 2 million cars; For the second year in a row, the new generation has been leading in the ranking of Japanese sales, and this is not surprising. Many noted that the third generation Suzuki Wagon R has become more attractive due to an overall increase in quality and a departure from utilitarianism, even in the simplest versions. Plus, a new interior layout, more comfortable rear seats. The Wagon R has a small turning radius, it is easy to drive and easy to operate. The disadvantages of the owners are usually called a weak base motor, stiffer suspension, poor corrosion protection.