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What is the Difference between Stingray and WagonR

One thing most car manufacturer have understood is, that the best way to get reluctant car buyers into your showroom is by offering them the lure of a new car. Whilst Stingray world over is known as WagonR Stingray, Maruti Suzuki India has in all probability omitted the WagonR from Stingray's branding, giving the new car a greater semblance of a new launch.  

What is the difference between Stingray and WagonR

Maruti launched Stingray on 21st August 2013 and as expected priced it quite competitively, in terms of the features that Stingray offers across its variants. Key difference between the two cars can be summed up in one line and that simply is "Stingray is loaded when compared to WagonR"

It seems Maruti has launched Stingray more to have a new car in its portfolio and also to have a reason for reluctant Indian car buyers to not ignore their showrooms once Hyundai launches its Grand i10 on September 3rd 2013.

Maruti also seems to have taken a leaf from Hyundai's book, who were till date famous for offering more features at attractive pricing. This article, however is not about Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, but more about WagonR and Stingray.

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Pictures above communicate that except for a wider and bulkier front and rear bumper, Stingray and Wagon R are the same car. As a matter of fact, Stingray in Suzuki's home country, Japan is branded as Suzuki WagonR Stingray. It would be interesting to know, as to why Maruti Suzuki has not done the same for the Indian market.

 

Dimensions and Weights

StingRay

WagonR

Remarks

Length (mm)

3636

3599

 

Width (mm)

1475

1475

Without Side Mouldings

Height (mm)

1670

1670

Without Roof Rails

Wheelbase (mm)

2400

2400

 

 

Except for the length of the Stingray, there is nothing differentiating it from WagonR. This difference is all thanks to those large bulkier Stingray bumpers. Wheelbase, which defines cabin space is identical for both the cars.

So why should one buy the Stingray over the WagonR for an additional Rs.81000 approximately. (Calculated basis ex-showroom Delhi price of Stingray VXi (O) and WagonR VXi  (WagonR price used was net of prevailing market discount on the car).

Stingray VXi offers dual front airbags and Anti-lock braking system as a standard OEM fitment whereas these are optional features available at additional cost in WagonR. We believe that with ever increasing highway driving, these two safety features almost becomes mandatory.

Externally Stingray VXi (O)comes with gunmetal grey coloured 14" alloy wheels, projector headlamps, reflector front grille and trendy rear spoiler, features that are missing in the WagonR. However, WagonR offers silver coloured roof rails which are not available in Stingray.

Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls are available in Stingray and not in WagonR, another key difference internally would be the premium black interiors of the Stingray, which sure adds to its tactile feel vs two tone black and beige interiors in the WagonR.

All-in-all Stingray basis the additional features that it offers makes a good buy over the WagonR. Being a new car it will in the long run fetch a better resale value that the aged WagonR, which onlly be even more older once you plan to move up to a new car.

The only issue one could have with Stingray would be the non-availability of CNG option, for those who drive more than 1500 Kms /month. We do expect Maruti Suzuki to launch Stingray's CNG version soon, now that they have an in-house CNG kit.

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