Maruti Suzuki has launched the Facelifted version of the A Star in China. The car though is called Alto in china and not A Star.
As reported earlier, the car gets a redesigned front facia. The headlamps are now elongated as opposed to the round ones on the older car. The grille is positioned higher than the older car and gets an chrome finished slate in the middle. The Suzuki Logo now sits on the grille and gels well with the design.
The air dam is finished nicely and looks upmarket. The fog lamp housings have been altered and along with the new bumper gives the car a sporty look. Overall the front looks fresh, attractive and is definitely better than the old car. However, the front looks too much like the Hyundai i10.
The rear too gets the makeover treatment. The tail lamps are new and so is the bumper. There is a rear spoiler which along with the sculpted bumper lends a sense of sportiness to the design. the tail lamps are much nicer looking and are a welcome replacement to the cheap looking ones on the old car.
The side profile is unaltered. The interiors too are similar to the old car expect for the color scheme. The car in China comes with red color inserts on the dash and doors, which we feel is country specific given the preference of red color by the Chinese buyers.
The car is powered by the 1 liter 3 cylinder K series engine and is available with a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic transmission. The facelift to the A Star in China has quite a few implications on the Indian market. It is a clear indicator that the Facelifted car is not too far away from India and that is something to watch out for.