Maruti Wagon R Stingray AMT VXI is the top end variant in this line up. The vehicle has a vibrant interior environment, together with an appealing outfit. The engine remains the same 998cc petrol train which meets the BS4 emission norms. Coming to the specifications of this new variant, there is only one notable change, which is that it has an automatic manual transmission for a more convenient way of driving. The braking and chassis arrangements remain the same, along with the shield of safety features that the car has. Those include child rear door locks, headlamps with a levelling device, an intelligent computerised anti theft system and a washer and defogger for the rear screen. A range of interesting features add to the drive pleasure of the passengers. This includes the refreshing interior theme, together with the chrome appliqués and the premium upholstery. The blue theme instrument cluster is also an attractive element of design within. For the benefit of comfort, the front seats come with a reclining and sliding function, while the rear seats are made with a 60:40 split/folding arrangement. IP integrated push type cup holders are present by the left and right for the most strategic utility needs of the cabin. The air conditioning system comes along with a heater and rotary AC controls, giving occupants the most invigorated drive atmosphere possible.
The sleek and expressive projector headlamps add vigour to the front, while the reflector front grille is also an element of glamour. The massive air dam at the bottom allows optimal area for cooling the engine. Fog lamps are poised on either side of this, adding to the visibility function and relieves stress for the driver. The large hood makes for a more masculine posture from the front, along with the swept back windscreen. By the side, there are neatly designed outside handles, and a body coloured treatment helps them blend into the exterior vision flawlessly. Gunmetal coloured alloy wheels also improve the side look, and they come along with full wheel covers bearing an S badge. The outside mirrors are also body coloured, and the white coloured side indicators make for added safety. The B pillar has been graced with a blackout strip, and this gives the vehicle a more distinguished touch to its overall persona. At the rear, the chrome garnish on the tail lamps are also impressive, along with the chrome badging.
For the cabin, a premium black environment gives a far more livened aura, and this goes along with a handful of comfort aspects to enhance the experience. The seats have been designed for ergonomics, and covered with 3D effect upholstery with a stingray theme. The moulded roof lining also adds to the exquisite feel of the cabin, together with the needle punch floor carpet. The sporty steering wheel is dressed in leather, ensuring that the driver enjoys the drive. A classy Piano black finish also gives the audience a more enjoyable atmosphere. Chrome highlights have been applied to the inside door handles, the audio knob and the AC vents for an element of lavish décor. Utility and convenience have also been observed with the presence of three cabin lamps at the front as well as the rear, stylish adjustable headrests on both rows, a vanity sunvisor mirror and a luggage parcel tray.
Engine and Performance:
The K10B engine is built on an all aluminium light weight design, and it has the capacity to displace 998cc. It comprises of 3 cylinders, with 4 valves in each cylinder. The train generates a power of 67bhp at 6200rpm, coupled with a torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm. This variant is given the benefit of an automatic manual transmission that works along with the engine for a smooth, efficient and reliable performance characteristic.
Braking and Handling:
For the front axle of the chassis, there is a McPherson strut, while for the rear axle, there is an isolated trailing link. Coil springs have been rigged onto both the axles, and they help to dampen irregular forces when driving. Coming to the braking arrangement, the front wheels have been fitted with a set of ventilated discs, while the rear wheels have been equipped with drums. An electronic power steering system further strengthens the control quality of the vehicle, and helps to ease handling. A set of tubeless radials decorate all of the wheels, and this further helps to reduce hazardous possibilities.
A multi information display lightens the driver's burden, and it comprises of an odometer, a tripmeter, an average FE, and other vital statistic dials. An integrated music system provides the best brand of entertainment to the occupants. Aside from all of these, regular conveniences are ordained through front door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, a driver side storage shelf, a front passenger under seat tray and 3 assist grips. A remote fuel lid and tailgate opener also boost comfort for the occupants. Power windows are present for all the doors, and they promote a more relaxed experience. A keyless central door locking system adds safety elements to the occupants' comfort.
The car has been built on an energy absorbing structure that diffuses damage, and also included are side impact protection beams. 3 point ELR seatbelts are present by the front and rear, securing peace for the occupants. 2 speed front wiper, together with an intermittent wiper, help to enhance visibility in case of rainy road conditions. The driver gets the benefit of a seatbelt warning indicator. Safety of the vehicle is also ensured through a security system.
1. Attractive interior environment.
2. Range of comfort facilities for the occupants.
1. Its performance could be bolstered.
2. The exterior look lacks elements of style and lustre.