Kei car’s Suzuki MR Wagon comes with a seating four, mini MPV body, made for the Japanese market only by Suzuki and Nissan is marketing out there as Nissan Moco under an OEM agreement. Launching in 2001, by 2007 it was in its next generation. Maruti Suzuki launched it in India known in 2006 as Maruti Zen Estilo, Maruti Zen Estilo was discontinued in 2009 and and again named as Maruti Estilo.
Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout being absent, the car’s name is a little misleading.
On 4th December 2001, the first release was on sale which had features of Suzuki’s K6A kei car engine either in turbocharged (44 kW / 60 hp) versions or naturally-aspirated (40 kW / 54 hp) coming in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. With column shift, it was a 4-speed transmission for all. In 2005, based on MR Wagon’s first generation, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle was presented along with General Motors.
In 2001, at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan Moco version was introduced and got released on 10th April 2002. Similar to Suzuki, the only difference between these two was the Nissan’s “wing” grille contemporary to Nissan Primera P12, hitting the sales of this to around 3000-4000 units each month.
Zen Estilo/Estilo/Karimun Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo being the first generation model started selling in December 2006. This one coming with an engine of F10D 1.1L MPFI also powers the Wagon R in Japanese market. In August 2009, it released as “Maruti Estilo” with little modifications, thus loosing the sales for this model though the changes were for better performance and styling.
“Suzuki Karimun Estilo” is being sold in Indonesia as the first generation model, sales beginning in January 2008.
In 2005, second generation being presented at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show, with a concept of Mom’s Personal Wagon with different features as front bench seat, food trays and pillar less suicide doors. None could match up to MR Wagon that was on sale since January 20 and Moco on 1st February in the next year, featuring the keyless entry and start system.