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21 August 2013

Stingray hits Indian shores

Glamourised Wagon R finally finds its way to the Indian showrooms and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket

Devesh Shobha
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Don’t get too excited, this isn’t the Stingray you are thinking of. It doesn’t carry the ‘Bowtie’ emblem on its front grille and neither does a V8 motor breathe under its hood. This is a Stingray of another kind, this time from our homegrown carmaker, Maruti Suzuki.

The Stingray you see here is basically a Wagon R, but a glamorous version of it. Powered by the same K10B petrol motor as the Wagon R, there are no mechanical changes in here - this 1-litre K-series motor pumps out a respectable 67bhp and 90Nm of torque, teamed to a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the styling changes are loud enough for you to take notice once you enter a Maruti showroom.

New projector headlamps, sparkly new grille, a revised bumper, additional side skirts, new rear spoiler, gunmetal finished alloy wheels and chrome inserts for the brake lamps pretty much sums up the exterior alterations. On the inside, the dash is draped in black with chrome inserts adding a breath of freshness to the three-year-old design. A blue themed instrument cluster and leather wrapped steering with audio controls summarise the interior changes.

In terms of safety, ABS and driver airbag are available as optional for the top-end variant. Available in three variants, LXi, VXi and VXi (O), the Maruti Stingray is priced at Rs 4.1 lakh, Rs 4.38 lakh and Rs 4.67 lakh respectively. All prices ex-showroom, New Delhi. The Stingray is around Rs 20,000 dearer than the equivalent Wagon R and it adds that extra bit of excitement to the otherwise a practical family hatchback.

Plus, this is the cheapest way you could see a Stingray parked in your garage. TopGearers, tell us what you think of the 'swimmer' in the budget car market.

Tags: wagon r, stingray, maruti suzuki, maruti

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