Suzuki has launched the new 2013 A Star in China at a starting price of roughly Rs. 3.60 lakh. Maruti Suzuki may bring this car to India next year, replacing the present A-Star hatchback which has been around for a while.
The A-Star hatchback has been given a more aggressive stance and looks a little like the Hyundai i10 because of its grille and bumper. It has large swept back headlamps, blacked out air-dam, new chrome grille and fog lamp design. It also sports a new set of alloy wheels and clear lens headlamp cluster with integrated indicators.
The front has shed the old, cute-looking appearance for a more flat and serious look. In profile it looks much the same except for the new alloy wheels and the headlamps which extend a little further into the hood. Also see: Future WagonR pictures!
At the rear the new A-Star has improved a lot. Small touches like the white “u” shaped band integrated into the tail lamps give it a more attractive appearance. The rear bumper is better looking with the number plate slot now lower than in the older A-Star.
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The present A-Star has a 998 cc motor that is mated to a five speed manual transmission. It makes 66 bhp of power at 6,200 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The new A-Star too will come with the same engine and there will be no change in terms of specifications. There is no official news about the A-Star from Maruti Suzuki India but we can expect this face-lifted A-Star sometime next year.
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