1998 saw the introduction of the second-generation Wagon R in Japan, with the Wagon R+ replacing the Wagon R Wide in 1999 - this was brought to Europe in 2000. This is also produced in Esztergom in Hungary and Gurgaon, India. The Opel Agila is a badge engineered version of the Suzuki Wagon R+, also introduced in summer 2000.
A third generation Wagon R was launched in Japan in September 2003 for their 10th Anniversary, but only as a K-car - no oversized version (like the previous Wide and +) was developed in either Japan or Europe. The third generation was facelifted in September 2005.
The fourth generation Wagon R was launch in Japan in September 2008 along with 3 variants, Stingray Wagon R, AZ Wagon and AZ Wagon Custom. The main difference between this new generation is bigger door and the absence of the C-pillar of the car. Powertrain options include naturally aspirated and turbocharged 660cc engines with the latter developing an output of 64 HP, mated to a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. As with many other Japanese market models, customers can choose between front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions.
The Wagon R has been the best-selling kei car in Japan since 2003; and in 2008 Suzuki expects to produce its three-millionth Wagon R.
The Wagon R Wide, introduced in 1997, is a slightly larger car, exceeding the kei car specifications, with larger 1.0 and 1.3 litre engines - this is what was sold as the Wagon R+ in the European market (also introduced in the same year). The only other tall wagon style car sold in Europe around the time of its introduction was the Daihatsu Move.
The Hungarian-built Wagon R+ is still being produced for the European market, albeit with limited range and availability (it is no longer for sale in Ireland, for example). As of 2006 in the UK, only one model is available - the GL, with a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine delivering 59kW (80.2PS), ABS with EBD and air conditioning. The current model is 3540mm (139.4in) x 1620mm (63.8in) x 1695mm (66.7in) (length x width x height), with a claimed 597 litres of cargo space.