Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India's largest passenger car manufacturer introduced yet another model to its portfolio in the form of Maruti Wagon R Stingray hatchback. This new hatch is to target the growing middle class and comes with an aggressive price tag. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray LXi is the entry level variant in its lineup and it has been powered by the same KB10, 1.0-litre petrol mill, which is currently under the hood of the regular Wagon R line up. The company has designed this new model with trendy exteriors, which make it look completely different from the regular Wagon R series. However, this new car has borrowed some of the aspects like body panel, interiors and technicalities from the existing version of Maruti Wagon R. Now coming to the new Wagon R Stingray LXi trim, it comes with irresistible features like chrome accentuated interiors, blue back light based instrument cluster, push type upper glove box, passenger seat under tray, 60:40 rear seats and plenty of other features. The company claims that this new hatch has got the ability to return a mileage of about 20.51kmpl, which is quite impressive. Now, the company will look to maintain its leading spot in the Indian automobile market with the introduction of this new sporty Maruti Wagon R Stingray series. Several aspects such as the sporty exteriors, an irresistible price range, top class fuel efficiency and attractive features are going to help this hatch to lure mass number of customers in the country.
The Maruti Wagon R Stingray is the new model in the MSIL portfolio that comes with a captivating exterior design. This new hatch comes with projector lamps based head light cluster, which is used for the first time in this segment. Then there is a very stylish reflector grille which further add to its stylish exteriors. Although, it borrows the overall body panel from the existing version of Wagon R, it comes with a refreshing new look because of the sophisticated and bold exteriors. The front facade of this hatch is trendy and aggressive that will certainly lure the first time buyers. On its frontage, you can notice the newly styled large headlight cluster with powerful projector lamps and turn indicators incorporated in it. The design of the radiator grille is completely new and it is incorporated with chrome reflectors that are covered by a transparent glass, which is further fitted with the company's emblem. There is a sporty new bumper garnished in body color that houses a large air dam and fog lamps as well. This model gets a sleek and lustrous bonnet, which further adds to the front fascia of this hatchback. The side profile of this car looks tall and boxy but at the same time it is stylish with an expressive design on doors and wheel arches. Furthermore, this model gets sporty side skirts, body colored door handles, exterior rear view mirrors and steel wheels with “S” badged full wheel covers, which are further covered with radial tyres. The rear profile of the hatch has got chrome garnished tail lamps, a trendy rear spoiler and a chrome strip fitted just above the license plate. The rear bumper is also curvy that complements the sporty design of this entry level hatchback.
As far as the interiors are concerned, this Maruti Wagon R Stingray LXi trim comes with premium black interiors that has 3D effect upholstery with Stingray theme. The company has used a lot of chrome elements inside its cabin to give premium feel to the passengers inside. There is a chrome accentuation on door handles and AC vents. Also, this entry level trim has been given a classy piano black finish inside the cabin that enhances the sporty feel inside the cabin. The door trims have got premium fabric finish, while the floor has got molded roof lining and needle punch floor carpets. Despite being the entry level trim, this new Maruti Wagon R Stingray LXi variant gets a lot of utility and convenience features inside, which would make the journey joyful and enjoyable.
Engine and Performance:
When it comes to the engine and its technicalities, this entry level trim has been blessed with an all aluminum, light weight, K10B petrol mill that has the displacement capacity of 998cc. This lightweight engine comes with 3-cylinders and 12 valves and is Bharat Stage IV emission norm compliant . This K10B series engine has the ability to unleash 67.1bhp at 6200rpm and yields a maximum 90Nm of torque at 3500rpm, which is pretty decent. The front wheels of the hatch derives the power from the engine through a five speed manual transmission gearbox and returns an impressive mileage of about 20.51kmpl, which has been certified by the ARAI.
Braking and Handling:
The all new Maruti Wagon R Stingray LXi trim is blessed with the conventional and reliable braking mechanism. Its front wheels have been fitted with ventilated discs , while the rear wheels have been bestowed with a drum braking mechanism, which functions exceptionally well in all conditions. Its rigid axle has been assembled with robust suspension system that keeps the car agile and steady on roads. The front axle of the Wagon R Stingray LXi trim gets the McPherson Strut type of suspension with a coil spring, while the rear axle has been bestowed with an isolated trailing link suspension with a coil spring. While the superior power assisted steering system makes it easier for the driver to handle the hatch by being very smooth and responsive.
The comfort features inside this brand new Maruti Wagon R Stingray LXi entry level trim are quite good, all thanks to the growing competition that made the company to incorporate some of the best functions inside it. This entry level trim comes with a list of features including a proficient air conditioning system, front power windows, electronic power assisted steering, a central door locking system, 60:40 split and folding seats, foldable grip assists , driver side storage shelf, push type additional storage space, remote fuel lid and tail gate opener, reclining and sliding full flat front seats, map pockets and many more such functions. This entry level trim also gets a spacious glove box, a 12V accessory socket and warning buzzers as well.
This entry level trim gets several safety features which are very crucial. The list of its safety functions include a collapsible steering column, energy absorbing body structure with side impact beams, a driver seat belt warning indicator, intelligent computerized Anti-Theft system, child proof rear door locks, front and rear ELR seat belts and a few more aspects, which ensure the safety of the occupants as well as the vehicle.
Pros: Sporty exteriors, reasonable price tag, spacious interiors.
Cons: Many advanced features are only available on the top end variant.