The Maruti Wagon R Stingray is the new model from the Indian auto major Maruti Suzuki India Limited. This new model has been placed in the entry level hatch segment and it is made available in overall three trims. The Wagon R Stingray VXi trim comes as a mid range variant in its series and it has been priced very competitively. The company has designed this new model in such a way that it looks very aggressive and sporiter than the earlier WagonR. It is however powered by the same K10B, 1.0-litre petrol mill, which is doing duty in the rest of its variants in this model series. One should appreciate the company's efforts in designing this hatch with captivating exteriors. In terms of appearance, this new hatchback looks completely different from the existing Maruti Wagon R. Technically, the Wagon R Stingray is the same as the existing Wagon R because of the same engine specifications, features and so on. The VXi trim comes with plush interiors cabin with premium black color scheme. This mid range variant also got the integrated music system with back-lit buttons and supports USB and AUX-in connectivity. With such exciting features and exciting price tag, Maruti Wagon R Stingray will make other manufacturers a run for their money in the automobile segment.
The exterior design of the brand new Maruti Wagon R Stingray is truly fascinating and has got youth appeal. The company introduced this new model with the brand new projector headlights, which is first-in-segment. The front facade of this hatch is dominated by the aggressive headlight clusters and bolder design bumper. There is a brand new style reflector grille incorporated to the front facade that adds a brand new style to this hatch. On top of the hood, there is a flat bonnet that makes the Wagon R Stingray look boxy. This mid range trim has got a body colored bumper that houses a large air dam and fog lights, which complete the sporty front facade. The side profile of the new model has been blessed with body colored outside door handles, and rear view mirrors. Furthermore, its wheel arches have been fitted with 14 inch alloy wheels that are garnished in gunmetal grey color. The wheel arches have got some expressive design that adds to its bolder look. Also there are sporty side skirts that give the side profile a sportier finish. The rear profile of the entry level hatch has been blessed with brand new style chrome garnished tail lamps. The rear bumper has received some re-treatment. There is a chrome badge fitted on top of the license plate. Apart from these, this mid range trim also has the trendy rear spoilers, B-pillar black out strip and a few other features as well.
When it comes to the interior cabin section, this mid range variant has been blessed with plush interiors and various utility features. The company has offered this variant with premium black interiors with 3D effect upholstery that comes with Stingray theme. As soon as you step inside this hatchback, you will be able to find a lot of chrome ascents inside the cabin. Things like AC vents, door handles and audio knob have been offered with chrome accentuation, which will provide a rich feel to the occupants inside. The company has offered the ergonomically designed seats and gear knob inside the cabin . The seats along with the door trims have got premium fabric upholstery. This mid range trim also get some of the interior features including day/night internal rear view mirrors, luggage parcel tray, adjustable front and rear seat headrests, passenger side vanity mirror and set of other features.
Engine and Performance:
The brand new Maruti Wagon R Stingray VXi trim has been offered with the same old 1.0-litre, K10B, all aluminum light weight engine. This lightweight engine contribute for the enhancement of power and performance of the car. The company has designed the engine with 3 cylinders and 12 valves that makes a displacement capacity of about 998cc, which indeed churns out a power of about 67.1bhp at 6200rpm, while yielding 90Nm of maximum torque output at 3500rpm. The company has skillfully coupled this engine with an advanced five speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the power to the front wheels and returns 20.51kmpl of maximum mileage, when driven under standard conditions.
Braking and Handling:
This new mid range hatchback has been offered with a proficient braking system, which is quite reliable in all conditions. The front wheels of the hatch comes fitted with high performance ventilated discs and the rear wheels are given drum brakes. The disc and drum braking combination enhances the efficiency of braking. When it comes to the suspension system, its body sits on a robust suspension system. The company has the front axle with McPherson Strut type of suspension, which is assisted by coil springs, while the rear axle is assembled with isolated trailing link suspension that works along with coil springs.
The mid range trim of Maruti Wagon R Stingray VXi has been bestowed with thrilling and exciting set of comfort features. The occupants inside the cabin will be able to experience the luxury on the go as the company has incorporated lots of utility and comfort features. The list includes an air conditioning system, electronic power assisted steering, front and rear power windows, adjustable tilt steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, central door locking system, foldable grip assist, 60:40 split and folding seats, a push type additional storage space, driver side storage shelf, front passenger under seat tray, reclining and sliding full flat front seats, a remote fuel lid and a tail gate opener, map pockets and many other features. This mid range trim also has an advanced music system that supports USB and AUX-in sockets.
When it comes to safety and security aspects of this mid range trim, it comes with a list of contemporary features that assures the safety of all the passengers. The company has bestowed this trim with safety functions such as an energy absorbing body structure with side impact beams, a collapsible steering column, an intelligent computerized Anti-Theft system, driver seat belt warning indicator, front and rear ELR seat belts, child proof rear door locks and many other such advanced features.
Pros: Very stylish and aggressive exteriors, very attractive price.
Cons: Except the design it looks almost similar to the earlier version, safety functions can be better.