This comes as a little surprise to us but Economic Times has confirmed that Maruti Suzuki is working on its plans of launching WagonR Stingray in India.
Stingray is a premium version of WagonR which first made its appearance in 2007. It is sportier than WagonR and has a different face along with body curves. Suzuki launched it in Japan last year with updates features and the Indian version is also touted to get all that.
WagonR Stingray will sit as a more premium car over the existing WagonR and will be priced slightly higher as well. And hence, both the cars will be sold in tandem in India. This is a step to curb falling sales of WagonR which was once the second largest seller in the Indian market. Now, it has been pushed to the fourth spot by its own siblings Swift and Dzire (Read Review).
The Japanese variant is powered by a tiny 660cc engine, however the Indian version is expected to carry the same 1.0L 3 cylinder K-series petrol motor from the WagonR. It is also expected that Maruti may introduce CNG and LPG variants of the car in line with WagonR.
There is no small diesel engine ready for India and hence we can rule out the possibility of a diesel Stingray. Reportedly, the car is already under trial production and the official launch is expected to happen within a few months. WagonR is priced between 3.57 Lakh to 4.48 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi whereas the Ritz starts at Rs 4.32 Lakh and Swift at Rs 4.49 Lakh. Maruti will sandwich the WagonR Stingray somewhere around this range.
Do you think Stingray will be as big a success as WagonR in India?
Source: Economic Times
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