Maruti Suzuki has launched the Wagon R Stingray. The Wagon R Stingray slots in above the current Wagon R and will be powered by the same petrol powerplant that does duty on the Wagon R. The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray will be available in Lxi and Vxi variants with ABS and driver airbag available as a cost option on the top Vxi trim.
Gr8 car driving is feel like drive compact suv all in all inbuilt like alloy wheels music systems its gr8 car to drive look is nice gr8 cool speedometer information is gr8 music system is awesome white color dashing looks just see from side gr8 looking
My car has very good comfort .. excellent smooth gear movement .. and good pickup .. I would love to drive it all the india in my car and enjoy it to the most ..
The style and the cutting into the air is awesome which increases the speed ..
The car is overall a good effort by maruti suzuki,,, nice projector head lamps,, nice music system, abs, alloys,, but the ground clearance of this car is not good enough for hilly areas,, the car tend to bump in potholes or slightly rugged terrain,, the side skirts cause dis problem, its not a hassle free car,, you have to look for even the little bumps when the car is packed with 5 peopple,,
It's a 3-cylinder (not the 4 cylinder version that wagonR originally was). Due to this, there are vibrations felt in the car. If you are looking for driving comfort, this is not the car. You'd rather buy the petrol variant (4 cylinder) and get the CNG kit factory fitted .
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Maruti Suzuki has launched a new version of the popular WagonR hatchback called the Stingray. Priced at Rs 4.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Kolkata) for the base LXi trim, the Stingray slots in above the current WagonR and is powered by the same K-series petrol powerplant that does duty on its stable mate – the Wagon R. The Maruti Suzuki Stingray will be available in LXi and VXi variants with ABS and driver airbag available as a cost option on the top VXi trim.
On the introduction, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “With Stingray, we carry forward our focus to make our best sellers even more attractive. The aggressively designed Stingray reinforces the fact that compact cars that are high on utility and reliability can also be premium and stylish. For the younger customers who aspire for a bold and aggressively styled car, the Stingray will be a delightful choice.”
The Stingray is available with a single engine option - 998cc three-cylinder K10 petrol engine and in five colour schemes - Midnight Blue, Passion Red, Glistening Grey, Superior White and Silky Silver, all of which are carried over from the regular WagonR.
We took the new Maruti Suzuki Stingray out for a spin to discover how different it is from the WagonR and this is what we discovered. Read on to find out.
Design & Engineering
If there is any one aspect in which the Maruti Suzuki Stingray can be distinctively differentiated from its stable mate – the WagonR – it’s the design of the car. The Maruti Stingray sports new projector headlamps which looks quite nice, stylish reflector grille which lends a trendy look to the Stingray, side skirts, blacked out B-pillars, gunmetal grey coloured alloy-wheels which adds character to this hatchback, chrome plated tail lamps and chrome back-door garnish with ‘Stingray’ prominently embossed on it – all of which help the Stingray to look different from the regular WagonR. Dimetionally, the Maruti Stingray measures 3636mm in length, 37mm longer that the regular WagonR. This is due to the slightly bigger from bumper and doesn’t translate to any additional space inside the passenger cabin.
Identical to the Maruti WagonR, the suspension system of the Stingray comprises McPherson Strut with coil spring at the front and isolated trailing link with coil spring at the rear. Ventilated disc on the front and drum on the rear ensure more or less prompt braking, although there is still room for improvement.
Interiors & Comfort
Once you step inside the Maruti Stingray, you will notice that the interior has been re-styled to make it different from the WagonR. The first thing that is likely to catch your attention is that the Stingray gets an all-black Piano finish interior (similar to the new Nissan Micra) in comparison to the WagonR’s beige and black dual-tone colour scheme.
Similar to the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR, the Stingray too benefits from an additional storage box (barring the regular glove box) on the dash placed in front of the front passenger that might prove to be quite useful to store music CDs and other knick-knacks. But this additional glove box also means that there is no possibility of any passenger airbags as a result. One would also find cup holders for the driver and front passenger tucked away in front of the AC vents which also double up as a can cooler.
The Maruti Stingray also gets a blue-back lit instrumentation cluster with a multi-function display that reads out distance-to-empty, average and instant fuel economy figures. The top-end VXi trim that we tested also came with a factory fitted audio system with USB, auxiliary input, digital clock and a very ordinary sound quality. The VXi trim also gets leather wrapped steering wheel and steering mounted audio controls.
The top-of-the-line VXi variant of the Maruti Stingray gets a driver side power window with one touch operation, tilt steering and electric ORVMs. The car also gets the 60:40 split rear seat for added utility – a feature which is carried over from the regular WagonR. High roofline and folding seats add to the versatility and enables to accommodate bulky luggage when the need may arise.
Getting in and out of the new Maruti Stingray feels like a walk in the park. Both front and rear seating is comfortable and offers good head, shoulder and leg room. The high seating position is an added positive and offers excellent visibility to the driver and front passenger. The quality of plastics used is also of good quality.
Performance & Handling
Under the hood of the Maruti Suzuki Stingray is the same 998cc three-cylinder K10 petrol engine that powers the new WagonR. The powerplant is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and produces 68PS of maximum power at 6200rpm and pumps 90Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. The power output and torque are absolutely identical to the Maruti Suzuki WagonR.
The moment you crank the key, the K-series engine starts with a slight vibration, a known characteristic of this 3-cylinder motor. Drive on for a few kilometres and it won’t take you long to figure out that the gearshift is a bit notchy and leaves room for improvement.
The handling of the car also remains similar to that of the Maruti WagonR. The steering felt very light and lifeless around the straight-ahead stretches at high speeds with practically no steering feedback; although negotiating the car through congested city traffic was effortless. Given Stingray’s tall boy design, one is bound to feel some amount of body roll, especially while turning at sharp corners; however, it’s nothing major to unnerve you. However, don’t try anything fancy around roundabouts, as the tall stance is a detriment to quick cornering.
At 165 mm, the ground clearance of the Maruti Suzuki Stingray is adequate and the under-carriage stays clear of most of the bumps. The ride is comfortable and the top-of-the-line VXi variant that we tested came equipped with 14 inch gunmetal alloy wheels, which assist in better handing. However, the suspension tuning felt slightly stiff and while traversing over potholes, jerks were felt inside the cabin. I must also mention that all the controls (especially the clutch and brake) felt a little too light and lacks the feel.
The Maruti Suzuki Stingray boasts of an ARAI ratified fuel efficiency of 20.51kmpl which is identical to its stable mate - the Maruti Wagon R. Due to paucity of time, we didn’t get an opportunity to do a proper mileage test. However, it’s not impossible to guess that the real world figures, especially in city traffic conditions will be much less. Expect the Maruti Stingray to deliver about 12kmpl within the city with air conditioning; and while cruising on the highway, anywhere around 15kmpl will prove to be a fair expectation, which isn’t very good, but then the bread-box aerodynamics are to the car’s detriment.
With regard to safety, the Maruti Suzuki Stingray comes equipped with features like an anti-theft system, child rear door locks, front fog lamps, collapsible steering column and energy absorbing body structure with side impact beams as standard across the model range. The VXi trim that we tested also came with rear wiper, washer and defogger. At a premium of Rs 24,000, one could also get a driver side airbag and ABS on the top-of-the-line VXi trim. However, the additional glove box on the dash means that there is no possibility of any passenger airbags as a result.
It is no hidden secret that the Maruti Suzuki Stingray is basically the WagonR under the skin. Barring the exterior design and few minor tweaks on the inside, the Stingray continues to bear all the characteristics of the regular WagonR which makes it a practical choice for prospective hatchback buyers. It has a high seating position which offers great visibility, good head, shoulder and leg room, light controls and responsive engine make it quite effortless to drive the Stingray around town. And the best bit is that the Stingray similar to the WagonR boasts of class-leading fuel economy (20.51 ARAI figure) and is backed by Maruti’s trusted and efficient after sales service.
The Maruti Stingray LXi trim is priced at Rs 4.34 lakh, which is about Rs 22,000 higher than the WagonR LXi, while the Stingray VXi model is bears a price tag of Rs 4.64 lakh which is about Rs 26,000 premium than the WagonR VXi trim. Add to that another Rs 23,000 cash discount on the regular WagonR and the difference in price is now more substantial, almost half a lakh rupees. For all that additional money that you spent, what you basically get is projector headlamps and trendier styling plus a few cosmetic highlights in the cabin, which the company feels will appeal to the youth. But the question is that is it really worth for that money? While style can be an important deciding factor for many, I wouldn’t consider paying such a premium for so little. Would you?