The Wagon R hatchback, unlike the other hatchbacks sold in India, sports a tall boy design. This unique body style makes it very practical and reliable. While the Wagon R may not be the best selling car in India, it is still holds the number four spot and sales have been relatively steady even after more than a decade of existence.
At the same time, it would not hurt if Maruti Suzuki gave a little more attention to the Wagon R, considering the car has not been in the limelight for quite sometime now. Enter, the Stingray. A sportier version of the Wagon R which is on sale in its home country, Japan.
Reports about the Wagon R Stingray's launch in India appeared a couple of months earlier and those reports now seem to be true. A Stingray was recently spotted during an official photoshoot, which suggests the launch date is very near.
Wagon R Stingray sports a boxy design, even more so than the Wagon R, but in a good way. The front has narrower headlights and grille, while the bumper has a much broader air dam. The tail lights will have clear glass and a differently styled rear bumper. Side skirts and the alloy wheels are expected to come as standard.
The interior of the Stingray is expected to be more premium compared to the regular Wagon R and in general, will retain the sporty theme to match with the exterior.
The 67 HP, 90 Nm torque 1 liter 3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine will likely be retained, along with the 5 speed manual transmission.
Facelift or new trim?
We need to wait and see whether Maruti will launch the Stingray as a new version of the Wagon R or as a next generation model all together. If the prior is the case then expect a premium of about Rs 50,000 over the top spec regular Wagon R.