Maruti Suzuki has launched a new variant of the hugely popular WagonR "Tall Boy" hatchback, in the form of the Sting Ray model. While the press material from Maruti Suzuki eschews the usage of the WagonR moniker on the Sting Ray model, the car is essentially a WagonR under the skin. The main highlights of the Sting Ray include the projector headlamps up front, a new grille and bumper.
The car also gets side skirts, blacked out B-pillars, alloy wheels in a new design, new tail lamps and a chrome embellishment on the hatch lid. On the inside, the Sting Ray gets all-black interiors and a blue-back lit instrumentation cluster. The car also gets a factory fitted audio system with USB and AUX-IN functions while the leather wrapped steering gets audio controls on the VXi variant.
The top end variants of the Sting Ray get a driver side power window with one touch operation, tilt steering and electric wing mirrors. The car also gets a multi-function display that reads out distance-to-empty, average and instant fuel economy figures. The 60:40 split rear seat for added utility is carried over from the regular WagonR.
The Sting Ray retains the current WagonR's 1 liter K-Series petrol engine in a triple cylinder layout. This motor outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque, and is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. While the regular WagonR is available with CNG-Petrol and LPG-Petrol dual fuel options, these options haven't yet been made available on the Sting Ray model, which comes in three variants: LXi, VXi and VXi (Option). The VXi option pack adds a driver side airbag and ABS+EBD.
The Maruti Suzuki Sting Ray delivers an ARAI certified mileage figure of 20.51 Kmpl and the car can be specified in five colours: White, Grey, Red, Silver and Blue. Bookings for the Sting Ray hatchback are open at all Maruti Suzuki showrooms across India. While the LXi model is priced at 4.10 lakh rupees, the VXi and the VXi (Option) models sell at 4.38 and 4.67 lakh rupees respectively. All prices reflect ex-showroom Delhi figures.
The Sting Ray LXi variant is priced about 22 thousand rupees higher than the WagonR LXi while the VXi model of the Sting Ray is priced about 25 thousand rupees higher than the WagonR VXi model. For the additional money, the Sting Ray brings projector headlamps, trendier styling and a new colour (Silky Silver).
In the next year or so, the WagonR and the Sting Ray hatchbacks could be equipped with a new 800cc turbo diesel engine that engineers at Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan are developing for use in Maruti Suzuki's range of entry level small cars. This engine is expected to make its debut in the next generation Alto hatchback, code-named the YL7 (a possible replacement for the Estilo and A-Star models).