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The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has always enjoyed good sales in India, regardless of its debateable looks. In its petrol guise, the tallboy hatchback is claimed to return around 20 km/l and the CNG version is ever more frugal. However, according to autocar, with the upcoming 2015 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, the company is claiming to better the efficiency of this urban runabout even more – thanks to Idling-Stop technology. This seems to be Maruti’s parlance for a start-stop system and will mostly be showcased first on the new Wagon R which is right around the corner.
Start-Stop system in a Mahindra Quanto.
The Idling-Stop system promises to improve the Wagon R’s fuel economy even more, much to the delight of customers within this segment. Most cars abroad already incorporate this technology and is to be found in some high-performance cars, too. For cost-conscious market such as India, this is a good move by one of the country’s largest carmakers. Talking about the new fuel saving tech in this car, it isn’t like most start-stop systems currently in use. When engaged, most start-stop systems cut out the air-conditioning and that’s to be expected as the engine stops running. However, it is said that the new system by Maruti Suzuki won’t face that nuisance. The upcoming 2015 Wagon R is to be fitted with a unique setup called Eco Cool.
Most start-stop systems cut out the AC when engaged. Not very convenient if its hot.
However, with Maruti’s Eco Cool technology, the car comes fitted with a special cooling storage unit which will continue to operate and pump cool air into the cabin. This makes the whole start-stop tech far more practical and Maruti Suzuki is set to be the first ever carmaker in the country to bring this tech into a hatchback. The Ciaz RS saloon is to have an identical setup and more Maruti cars are to get it as time passes by. The hatchback might very well get the AMT gearbox that’s been so popular in India and that will just make this a sweeter deal for many.