Stingray? Wasn’t that the Corvette Stingray? I bet most of you must have got the rush just by the name of it. But, not this time. What we are talking about is our very own wagon, the boxy little Maruti Suzuki WagonR.
Have you been wondering lately where has the magic of ‘the wagon’ disappeared? Yes, this was India’s first proper boxy car with generous dimensions and it has won the hearts of many since its advent in India and why not? It is possibly the easiest to drive cars in the country. And now Maruti is all set to go duet! Yes, Maruti has almost prepared a sibling to WagonR which will be called as WagonR Stingray.
The Stingray will be launched on August 21 i.e. tomorrow in Delhi. Autosarena.com has shared some some spy pictures of the car which reveal car almost completely. This appears to be a dealership, which means the car has already been dispatched to its final sales points and Maruti will begin its sales soon after its official launch tomorrow. Contrary to the earlier spyshots, it looks interesting in red and it’s a fresh design to look at.
The interiors are more or less the same as the current model. Maruti has added steering mounted audio controls and an all-black interior theme like the Swift to the Stingray.
The exterior gets a host of changes. The headlamps are now slimmer and have projector-beams, the bonnet is flat, the grille is slimmer and chromed out. Also, there is an all-new bumper with a bigger air dam and slightly restyled fog lamp housings. It looks more butch from the front now and a bit imposing too.
Coming to the rear, a new, prominent chrome strip over the license plate with bold WagonR Stingray badging occupies the pride of place at the rear. There is also a rear spoiler for added cosmetic appeal. The tail-lamps are now even slimmer clear lens units.
It will come with the same 3-cylinder 67 bhp 1.0-litre K10 series engine which does duty in the current WagonR. The Stingray will sit a notch above the current WagonR. There is no word on the pricing yet but according to speculations going around expect to shell out Rs 40,000-50,000 more than the current model.
So will you let this Stingray strike you?
– By Vikram Malhotra