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Maruti Suzuki Stingray Review: Maruti Suzuki Stingray

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

By Shiva Shankar; 5th September, 2013
Introduction

Maruti Suzuki StingRay First Impression 

Maruti Suzuki has recently launched its latest version of the Wagon R. It has been named Stingray and is a completely new look Wagon R which has gained appreciation for its styling. We made a visit to showroom to check it out  and below are the details of the same. Maruti Suzuki Stingray features the same engine as seen in the earlier version of Wagon R.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

Exterior

Once we look at the New Stingray, one can wonder whether it is really an upgrade of WagonR or a completely new one. A close observation of the size of vehicle, specifications of vehicle and badging it would be assured that it’s a real upgrade of Wagon R. Main thing about Stingray is its styling.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

The combination of stylish projector headlamps and reflector grills gives the perfect new looks to Stingray. Radiator grill is made more attractive with enough passage for air circulation. Alloy wheels are given gunmetal grey color gives the required boost in appearance.

Chrome inserts are given for side cladding of tail lamps to give a unique attraction and attention to styling. Color selection includes Superior white, Glistering Grey, Passion Red, Midnight Blue, Silky Silver. Among those Passion red is given priority for the grand look.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

Interior

In the Stingray there is definite improvement in quality and features of the interiors, starting from the upholstery to the design of dashboard and the music system.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

The overall interiors boosts the image of the WagonR to that of what is expected from a higher segment car. There are many features introduced in this latest version of WagonR. A lot of importance is given to the usage of black colors for interiors. The seats are wide and offer comfortable postures for the occupants.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

Premium black upholstery, forms a good impression and seating experience for the owner and other passenders. The dash board has a good finish and styling for central console. Chrome and Piano black finish in door handles, leather wrapped steering with audio controls, integrated Audio system(USB and AUX) with backlit buttons. Additional storage is provided in dash with push type opening.

Performance

Stingray has best of styling and hence gives a feel good factor for the driver and passengers to enter the car. Once seated in driver seat, one can feel the comfortable posture and good cushioning effect. One can say the lumber support could have been improved even more.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

There is sufficient leg space and head room. The analog and digital combination instrument cluster is made attractive with good combination of red and blue colors and with white outlines. There is provision for mileage indication and distance to empty.

These do help a lot for the driver to plan for next stop for fuel filling. Safety feature like airbag, ABS is available in VXI(O) variant. Steering mounted controls are an addition to features for comfort.

Once ignition is switched on, the engine starts smoothly and taking out the vehicle is a pleasure with expectations of getting good lot of attention. Driving in traffic conditions is quite easy with help of Electronic power steering, wide front wind shield glass and hence good visibility of road, rear view mirrors are quite big and does give best of view of following vehicles.

Maruti Suzuki Stingray

Pick up the vehicle is good and one can easily reach a speed of 60 to 80KMPH. In city driving, average mileage of 15 to 17KMPL can be expected depending upon traffic conditions. The ground clearance of 165MM is just good enough to negotiate normal road humps. Air conditioning is very effective and one can feel the cooling effect pretty soon even in rear seat. In overall Stingray does give a comfortable drive experience and a recommendable one

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Maruti Suzuki
 Model Wagon R Stingray
Variant VXI(O)
Fuel Petrol
Engine Displacement 998
Power PS/RPM 68/6200
Torque NM/RPM 90/3500
Transmission 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.6
Tyres 155/65 R14
Dimensions in mm
Length 3636
Width 1475
Height 1670
Wheelbase 2400
Ground Clearance 165
Fuel Tank Capacity 35
Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 20.51
Kerb weight in Kgs 885
Features
Features VXI(O) VXI LXI
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 4,91,824 4,61,355 4,32,028
Premium black interiors Yes Yes Yes
3D effect upholstery with Stingray theme Yes Yes Yes
Chrome accentuated  inside door handles Yes Yes Yes
Chrome accentuated  AC Vents Yes Yes Yes
Steering mounted Audio controls Yes No No
Leather wrapped steering wheels Yes No No
Speakers for surround sound effect for all doors Yes Yes No
Air conditioner with heater and rotary AC controls Yes Yes Yes
Electronic power steering Yes Yes Yes
Front power windows Yes Yes Yes
Rear power windows Yes Yes No
Adjustable tilt steering Yes Yes No
Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes No
Keyless central door loacking Yes Yes No
Front passanger under seat tray Yes Yes No
Front fog lamps Yes Yes Yes
Rear wiper,washer,defogger Yes Yes No
I-Cats security system Yes Yes Yes
Integrated music system with backlit buttons Yes Yes No
Driver SRS airbag Yes No No
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes No No
Competition
Specifications
Maruti Suzuki
Wagon R Stingray
Chevrolet
Beat
Hyundai
i10
Variant VXI(O) LT(O) 1.2 Sports(o)
Engine CC 998 1199 1197
Power PS/RPM 68/6200 80.5/6200 80/6000
Torque NM/RPM 90/3500 108/4400 112/4000
Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M
Turning radius in M 4.6 - -
Tyres 155/65 R14 155/70 R14 155/80 R13
Dimensions
Length 3636 3640 3585
Width 1475 1595 1595
Height 1670 1520 1550
Wheelbase 2400 2375 2380
Ground Clearance 165 175 165
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 35 35
Fuel Efficiency in KMPL 20.51 18.6 18
Features
Steering mounted Audio controls Yes No Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheels Yes No No
Speakers for surround sound effect for all doors Yes Yes Yes
Air conditioner  Yes Yes Yes
Electronic power steering Yes Yes Yes
Front power windows Yes Yes Yes
Rear power windows Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable tilt steering Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes Yes
Keyless central door loacking Yes Yes Yes
Front fog lamps Yes Yes No
Rear wiper,washer,defogger Yes Yes Yes
Integrated music system with backlit buttons Yes Yes Yes
Driver SRS airbag Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes Yes No
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 4,91,824 5,39,187 5,27,218
Conclusion

Although the Stingray features 1.0L engine, it can be compared with the 1.2L version of Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. The Stingray has all the of right elements to make it a successful hatchback. The bold new looks, interior fit and finish, features and pricing does help a lot to get due attention of the customers. And of course, the Maruti name as a factor for buying the car goes without saying.