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by Brett Davis

A couple of weeks ago CarAdvice reported Suzuki was developing a new 0.66-litre (660cc) engine for the next-generation 2012 Suzuki MR Wagon. The company has now launched the car and the new engine.

Looking similar to the outgoing Suzuki MR Wagon, with its curvy box design, the new car uses a brand-new 660cc engine which is available in both turbocharged and naturally aspirated form. In non-turbo form it outputs 40kW of power, but with the turbocharger it gets a little bit zesty and offers 48kW.

This is not a performance car in any way though, and was created to compete in one of Japan’s biggest car markets; the city car segment (which makes up 40 percent). Fuel economy is a much higher priority than performance, as well as a small quirky layout. The new engine does boasts even more fuel efficient figures than the previous version, and now returns a rating of 3.7L/100km.

The new MR Wagon comes with the option of a front- or all-wheel drive layout, so it is a somewhat well packaged product. Electronic stability control and Hill Hold Control are also included into the MR Wagon deal.

Taking a look inside, there’s also a cool iPod-inspired dashboard function which offers a large touch screen for in-car entertainment and comfort navigation.




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