The very first spy shots of the Suzuki Solio testing in China. It is a Japanese-spec test car with the steering wheel on the right. The Suzuki Solio debuted in Japan in 2011, it is an upmarket version of the Suzuki Wagon R. The latter is made in China by the Changhe-Suzuki joint venture, leading to speculations that Suzuki has plans to produce the Solio in China as well.
The current Changhe-Suzuki Wagon R, called ‘Beidouxing’ in China. Price starts at 33.000 yuan and ends at 50.300 yuan. Engines: 46hp 1.0 and a 95hp 1.4. Changhe-Suzuki launched a China-only stretched variant in October last year, called the Beidouxing X5, which is only available with the 1.4. The Solio has a slightly larger wheelbase than the Wagon R: 2450 against 2335, wheelbase of the X5 is 2485.
There is definitely a market in China for small cars with a luxurious feel, especially in the traffic-jammed cities.