An Expectant Air Surrounds Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel

Maruti has been, over the year, the numero-uno car manufacturer in the country with its various models running across the length and breadth of the country. Out of its myriad models, especially in the hatchback segment, Wagon R has remained an old work horse with its distinct tall appearance. The initial version with a petrol fuel option had come out of the factory gates in 1999 and has since, received around 3 upgrades. Apart from running on a petrol engine, the car was also given a CNG engine in the year 2010.

In view of customers’ preference for diesel run cars, grapevine has it that Maruti Suzuki too will be coming out with the diesel variant of Wagon R somewhere in mid 2015. As the existing brand features in three trim levels namely, LX, LXI and VXI corresponding to the entry, mid and top-end variants, the diesel car also is likely to carry similar nomenclature. When launched, the hatchback would compete against the likes of Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Active and Datsun Go.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

The Power Train

The upcoming diesel variant of Wagon R is expected to be bestowed with a 0.8 litre 3 cylinder 12V DOHC diesel engine. This powerful engine can provide maximum power and torque figures of 50bhp and 130Nm respectively. The power train shall find itself mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. However, given the current upsurge in customers’ interest for AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) run vehicles, this upcoming model might sport an AMT trim model as well.

An Amazing Fuel Economy

This diesel variant of Wagon R is expected to garner a whopping mileage of 35kmpl. And should it come out in the market, will have the best-in-class mileage and thus, a favourite among the buyers as well.

Impressive Looks

The upcoming model will share the same basic build feature with a significant number of tweaks here and there. The front fascia is expected to have a newly designed radiator grille, front bumper, and a headlight cluster. The sides would feature OVRMs (internally or electrically adjusted) and stylized wheels (steel or alloy) based on their trim levels wherein, electrically adjusted OVRM and alloy wheels are destined for top-end trims only. Also, in view of the heavy weight of the diesel engine, the deck of the car might have a lower ground clearance than its existing petrol, LPG and CNG variants.

Stunning Interior

The interior of this upcoming model will sport a dual tone colour scheme – beige and black apart from housing a modified dashboard and a steering wheel. The standard features will vary according to the trim levels and would have stuff such as an HVAC unit, a central console with audio unit and Bluetooth connectivity, reclining seats with fabric upholstery, among other utility fixtures.

Safe To drive

The top-end variant of this upcoming hatchback is expected to feature advanced safety mechanisms such as dual front air bags (optional), ABS, EBD, 3 point ELR seatbelts, child safety lock, central locking, parking sensors, and a collapsible steering column. The wheels are supposed to be attached to disc brakes (front) and drum brakes (rear) respectively.

The Comfort Factor

Travelling on uneven surface would not be tiresome anymore, for the vehicle would feature a robust suspension system. This mechanism would comprise of a McPherson Strut system fitted to the front axle and an isolated trailing link with coil springs fitted to its rear axle. Moreover, the interior would be flush with several comfort features like a glove box compartment, a multi function audio system, plush reclining seats, a heater and cooling system etc.

The Expected Verdict

Given its supposed best in class mileage of 35kmpl, this diesel run Wagon R will surely draw the attention of the buyers especially with its aggressive pricing. Also, the presence of advanced safety features, grand looks and classy interior would prove to be an irresistible deal for the customers to make.

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The TVR Griffith 400 Sports Car


A review of The TVR Griffith 400 Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this the fifth model in the TVR range.

In this Article, I offer a nostalgic look at the TVR Griffith 400, one of an elite group of classic cars, which was manufactured during the period 1964 to 1966.

Launched in 1964, the two door, two seater TVR Griffith 400 was the successor to the Griffith 200, which was phased out in 1963. It featured:

  • An enlarged radiator, with two electric fans, to improve cooling, which was very necessary in a car with a V8 engine in a fibreglass body, that already had a reputation for engine overheating
  • A redesigned rear suspension
  • A slightly modified rear section, including a new window to provide improved visibility, and offer a more modern appearance
  • Addition of a distinctive circular rear light assembly, as used in the Ford Cortina Mark 1 saloon

It was powered by the special equipment HI-PO Ford 289 cubic inch (4722 cc) Windsor V8, overhead valve engine, fitted with three carburetors, and linked to a four speed gearbox.

This engine developed 271 bhp at 6000 rpm, and 312 ft/lbs of torque at 3400 rpm, and produced a top speed of 155 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 secs.

It had a compression ratio of 10.5:1, and through-the-gears times of: 40-70 mph in 3.3 secs, and 50-90 mph in 6.5 secs.

This HI-PO engine was available as an optional extra in the Griffith 200 variant, which tended to use the standard Ford 289 V8 unit that developed 195 bhp.

Unbelievably, despite the huge increase in power produced with the 200 variant, it was still fitted with the same BMC back axle as used in the Grantura Mark 3, with the 1.8 litre engine.

Due to the addition of an alternative Salisbury differential, with a higher gear ratio, the 400 variant was slightly heavier than the 200 version.

However, the upside was that this addition helped to produce a higher top speed for the 400.

As a result of its redesigned rear suspension, the 400 was significantly lighter than its greatest adversary, the AC Cobra, which increased its relative performance.

However, the 400 suffered from the same build quality problems as had beset the 200 although, ironically, the cars destined for the UK market were built to a higher standard.

In early 1965, the east coast of the USA was brought to a near standstill by a prolonged dock strike.

This caused a severe disruption in the supply of 400 variant bodies that were being delivered from TVR in the UK.

If this was not bad enough, it also caused delays in the shipment of the body panels for the new Griffith 600.

This particular model featured a restyled body, built of steel rather than GRP, and produced in Turin, Italy.

Jack Griffith even went to the lengths of having the GRP bodies shipped by air across the Atlantic in order to maintain production.

The final outcome was that only 59 units of the Griffith 400 were built that year on his New York assembly line.

As a result, in 1966, he had no alternative but to cease production of the 400.

This marked the end of the TVR Griffith 400.

Perhaps this stroll down memory lane might have answered, or at least shed light on, a possible question:
Which TVR Sports Car is Your Favourite?

However, should this question still remain unanswered, I will be reviewing, in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of TVR sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1946 to 1967.

I hope you join me in my nostalgic travels “down sports car memory lane”.

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