Maruti likely to launch Wagon-R StingRay this year

A few months ago we showed you the new Maruti Wagon-R that premiered in Japan and said it would be coming to India in 2013. Guess what? Maruti is apparently planning on launching the StingRay edition of the new Wagon-R, which is a pretty good-looking car as far as boxy cars go.

You could call it old wine in a new bottle if you wish, but the thing is the Maruti Wagon-R is one of the most popular, practical family hatchbacks around, selling an average of nearly 10,800 cars a month over the past 12 months, making it the fourth largest selling car in India, after the Maruti Alto, Maruti Swift and Maruti Dzire. Also read: New Maruti Suzuki Wagon R premieres in Japan, may come to India!

In Japan, the Maruti Wagon-R StingRay was introduced as a special edition Wagon-R with stylish headlamps and tail-lamps, and looked a lot sportier than the standard upgraded Wagon-R that was introduced there in September. While we expected the standard refreshed Maruti Wagon-R to be introduced here this year, a report in the Economic Times says that Maruti is planning to introduce the StingRay and position it a notch above the current Maruti Wagon-R. Also read: Maruti Wagon-R facelift with better mileage

While the Japanese variant is a kei car and has a 660 cc engine, in India the car will come with the K-Series 1-litre three-cylinder engine putting out about 67 bhp of power, which is the same as the current Maruti Wagon-R. However, there are likely to be some more cosmetic improvements on the exteriors, such as a new bonnet, fenders, sleeker headlamps and grille and new tail-lamps. On the interiors, the car is likely to get a dashboard mounted gear-lever freeing up more space on the insides and a new dashboard and steering. The overall body shape does not change. Also see: How to buy a used WagonR

The Maruti Wagon-R sold over 14,600 units in March 2013. It recently got a minor facelift in January, with a new grille and bumper, while a switch to synthetic engine oils and engine remapping has ensured fuel efficiency has also increased by nearly 1 kmpl.

The new Maruti Wagon-R StingRay variant would likely come to India in the second half of 2013, to directly take on Hyundai’s i10. Share your thoughts on this refreshed Maruti Wagon-R!

Source: The Economic Times