Maruti has launched a “smarter” Wagon-R in the form of the Maruti Wagon-R Sting Ray. The car has a completely redesigned front end, but the rest of the car is based on the current Wagon-R styling and body. Here’s more on what the Sting Ray is all about.

Prices and variants

All prices, ex-showroom Delhi.

Wagon-R Sting Ray LXI: Rs. 4.09 lakh

Wagon-R Sting Ray VXI: Rs. 4.38 lakh

Wagon-R Sting Ray VXI (Option):  Rs. 4.67 lakh

The Sting Ray is price positioned above the current regular Wagon-R and is designed to appeal to buyers who want a bit of style along with the practical functionality of the regular Wagon-R. There is a Rs. 23,000 price difference, variant for variant between the regular Wagon-R and the StingRay. If there ever was a lesson in how to beautify a box, this is it.

What’s new with the Maruti Wagon-R Sting Ray

There are some significant feature additions and styling changes that differentiate the Sting Ray from the regular Maruti Wagon-R. Starting at the front you have a completely new look with a longer, flatter bonnet. The headlamps are twin beams, with projectors for the low-beam headlamp, giving it a nice up-market feel and the first small hatchback to sport OEM projectors. The grille is an all-plastic chrome affair running in a single band between the headlamps, giving it a mini-SUV look (someone said it looked like a squashed Tata Safari Storme). Actually, it’s not even a grille but a transparent plastic panel that houses a strip of LEDs, that come on with the parking lamps!  The bumper has been redesigned with a large hexagonal grille and new fog lamp housing in it. Also read: Maruti Wagon-R facelift with better mileage 

There are hardly any changes when you look at the car in profile and it is unmistakable as a Wagon-R, except for the decals. At the rear, the car gets clear lens tail-lamps to differentiate it from the regular variant. It also gets a chrome applique over the number plate with Sting Ray embossed in it.

Features of StingRay

On the interiors, the car sports a new audio system, black dashboard and high quality plastics. It also has steering mounted audio controls in the top-end variant. The VXI variant and VXI (Option) variant have a rear wiper, rear defogger and four power windows. The Option pack includes ABS and a single airbag like the current VXI variant.

There is no mechanical change with the car continuing to sport the 1-litre 3-cylinder K-Series engine putting out 67 bhp of power, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The interior space remains the same, and is ideal for four adults. It can carry a fair amount of luggage (over 180 litres), with its flexi seating system. The car continues to be one of the best-selling cars, selling 140,953 cars in the past 12 months alone. Also see: How to buy a used WagonR 

Overall, the Maruti Sting Ray gives buyers the choice of owning a more stylish Wagon-R. But is the styling alone worth the additional price? Tell us.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Jayaprakash- its not that easy to put in a diesel motor out there. And if you read carefully through various discussions here, you will see that the Diesel is coming very soon!

  2. No safety rating & just one airbag from a top notch cost cutting company. Micra for same price gets one more airbag & had a 4 star Euro NCAP rating for the Euro version. Still this will sell in India as masses only care about ‘Kitna deti hai’. Hoping informed buyers to realize that this may also come along with ‘Accident mein Jaan le leti hai’ virtue. :)

  3. For the same amount that offered by maruti other manufacturers offers more value for money..but still india celebrates maruti…because of its marketing strategies and availability across the nation…but now at most of the places their services are becoming poor as like as TATA

  4. Very smart cosmetic changes but no addition of features . Maruti has also not shared anything on Diesel and CNG version. It looks like Maruti is also following Hindustan Motors – Introduce old models with cosmetic changes.

  5. Well, I was expecting Maruti to set the base price around 3.6L in Delhi. By the way, I just saw ex-showroom price in Mumbai: LXi is for 4.36L, VXi is for 4.65L, and VXi (O) is for 4.95L. This is too much. I think it is really an overpriced product.

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