Maruti A-Star (sold as Suzuki Alto in the Chinese car market) facelift version caught testing in China. The A-Star was due for a facelift in the Chinese market for a while and the facelift may hit the Indian market as well. Recently, one of the Chinese blog has uploaded pictures of the latest generation A-star and the car in the pictures looks entirely different from the ongoing model.
Compared to current models, the front face of the new A-star has significant change in a larger grille, under the expansion of styles, looks more aggressive. The headlamps of the new models no longer quite so cute, accompanied by a newly designed front bumper, a redesigned front fog lamps , the new A-star to look more “masculine”.
The side profile of the A-Star facelift is same as the outgoing model while at the rear, the windshield shape is retained. However, the LED light source within the taillights gives sleek-looking reverse lamps, in addition to the rear bumper gets a dual tone sporty design with number plate section moved further down than in the present A-Star. New alloys have made their way on to the A Star.
The new version is strictly a mid-life cosmetic uplift as there has been no change done in the drivetrain as the car is still powered by the 1.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of producing a peak power of 71bhp and a peak torque of 92Nm.The engine would again find two transmission options – 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic.
In India, the Maruti A-Star has been recently gratified with a minor uplift; however a facelift won’t do any harm and a launch by Diwali can still be hoped for. What do you say, will the facelift model do some miracle to improve the A-Star’s sales?
What we say? Like the recently spotted Maruti Alto 800 this too looks like inspired by a lot of cars that are on-sale in India. While the front-fascia that of Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat like fog lamps and Renault Pulse from the rear. Even the hood, if you look from the sides it resembles Hyundai i20 as the same has similar sweptback headlamps.
Also see – 2013 Maruti Suzuki A-Star sedan rendered image
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Source – Autohome.com.cn