Maruti WagonR Stingray was born when Maruti decided to jazz up the existing WagonR model and add a touch of dynamism to it. The Stingray is thus a sporty variant of the Maruti WagonR. It has several new features compared to the WagonR and will most likely be positioned in the luxury car price segment unlike its old counterpart, the WagonR. WagonR Stingray shall be placed as a more aggressive vehicle when pitted against its counterpart WagonR due to its powerful design. It will be targeting a premium segment in the market. The model that will hit Indian markets will have a revamped grille design, new projector headlights and a set of different alloy wheels. Much like any sporty car, the color schemes used in this car are different too. There are several color contrast designs in the interior of the car that gives it a distinctive look. The only disadvantage that is likely to worry the Indian customer is the evidently lesser ground clearance. It is expected that the ground clearance will be less as the car gets a completely new muscular front and additional side lines. Ground clearance is one of the important factors that decide whether the car will be a success in the Indian market. The Stingray’s ground clearance clearly doesn’t look that much crafted for the Indian roads at the moment.
The features of the Stingray which distinguish it from the old WagonR are ample. Starting with the exteriors, we have new projector headlamps, which are a standard across all the variants as of now. We also have what Maruti likes to call a reflector grille. It is basically a chrome-ish plastic grille, a low cost solution that gives a premium look. The lower grille has been expanded and integrated into the front bumper. The B-pillar of this new model has been blacked out completely. The car also has side skirts. If you are opting for the VXi or the VXi (O) variant, you will get alloy wheels. Else there is a full wheel cover on the LXi variant. Body coloured bumpers and body colored door handles are a standard across all variants too. We also get body coloured ORVMs on the VXi (O) and VXi variants. There is a spoiler at the rear. There is also chrome garnished til-lamps and chrome badging right above the number plate holder.
The dimensions of this car are as follows : L x W x H in mm : 3636 x 1475 x 1670. This is in contrast to the Maruti WagonR which had the following dimension : 3599 x 1495 x 1700 (in mm). The wheelbase remains the same, that is 2400 mm. The ground clearance also remains the same, that is 165 mm. The kerb weight too has not increased as compared to the WagonR.
The powertrain remains unchanged in this new model. The Maruti Stingray derives its power from the same old K10B, 998cc, 3 cylinder petrol motor that motivates the WagonR. The output power and resulting torque figures are the same too – 67 BHP at 6200 RPM and 90 Nm at 3500 RPM. This engine is joined to a 5 speed cable type manual transmission gearbox, same as that of the WagonR. The Maruti Stingray has an ARAI certified fuel-efficiency of 20.51 KMPL, again reminding us of the WagonR.
The Pricing has been done as follows. The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray LXi has been priced at Rs. 4,09,999. The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray VXi will come for Rs. 4,37,999. And finally, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray VXi (O) will set you back by Rs. 4,66,999.