Maruti Suzuki Stingray is a cosmetic update of the Wagon R with aggressive styling and premium features. The new hatchback is positioned above the Wagon R to compete with the Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Tata Indica eV2.
The basic design of the Stingray is similar to that of the Wagon R; however there are stark differences between the two models. The front of the new car gets refreshed bumpers with large air damps and new fog lamp housings that give it an aggressive look. Also part of the standard features lists is the sleek headlamp cluster, along with the projector unit (first in segment). The car looks identical to Wagon R from the side, if you ignore the alloy-wheels. The rear of the car gets some chrome treatment coupled with roof-spoiler and clear lens tail lamps.
The Stingray interiors look a little premium when compared to the Wagon R and it boasts of lot more features. The new hatchback gets steering adjustment, rear wiper, integrated music system with AUX/USB and steering-mounted audio controls. The top-end version also gets ABS-EBD and driver air-bag for additional safety.
This B-segment hatchback is powered by 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the Wagon R that develops 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. The engine is mated to five-speed manual gearbox powering the front wheels and has an ARAI approved efficiency of 20.51kpl. Although the length of the Stingray is more compared to Wagon R, it is due to the cosmetic upgrade and the cabin space remains the same.
The Stingray is available in three variants – Lxi, VXi and VXi (Opt). The projector unit and front fog lamps are standard on all variants, while premium features like the alloy-wheels, fog lamps, rear wash-wipe and music system are available on the other two variants. The VXi (opt) comes equipped with ABS-EBD and driver-side airbag.