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On display at the 2012 Auto Expo were Suzuki’s bestsellers from Japan. The Solio hatchback was one of them on dsiplay for public view and seeking comments and opinions on the aspects of design, features and pricing. Based on consumers’ feedback and insights on design, technology and pricing, the Company will decide on any possibility of their introduction in India. But we know for sure this could be the Wagon R replacement in India. The Solio is part of the 'Kei' car in Japan. The Kei or K are a Japanese category of small vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, and pickups They are designed to be user freindly and easy to park.
The Solio is a typical Japanese hatchback and is quite boxy looking. The lines of the car are straight and clearly this is a car built for practicality rather than style. The interiors are a surprise as they look luxurious and well-appointed. The Solio is loaded with features and gizmos. But the best part of the Solio is the sliding doors. The space on offer is very good despite its compact dimensions. A 50:50 rear split seat also brings in flexibility.
Under the hood you will find a 1.2 litre K-Series engine and this compact car will do some pretty good numbers. The engine makes 91 bhp and the performance is good as the car is pretty light. The handling and ride would be good as well. But thanks to the compact size parking would be a breeze with the Solio as would be negotiating city traffic.
The Solio is bigger than its predecessor and makes an ideal Wagon R replacement as its more luxurious and powerful. The Wagon R of today hinges more on practicality but the Solio has more style despite being boxy and with innovative features like sliding doors it surely will catch the fancy of the Indian buyer.