Spied – Next gen Maruti A-Star (Suzuki Alto) starts testing in India!

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013 - 1:30pm IST

Indian Autos Blog readers have already seen the next generation Maruti A-Star (referred to as the Suzuki Alto in international markets) testing in Southern Europe. This image though, comes fresh from our Gurgaon’s congested streets!

Next generation Maruti A-Star spied

Thanks to XBhp member ‘hotshot.vipin’, here is the first image of Maruti’s all-new hatchback (that goes by its codename ‘YL7’) testing on Indian soil. Vipin notes that the camouflaged test mule had an “A-Star-like rear, but a completely different front”.

The YL7 will be a global model for Suzuki and some reports have also indicated that it would replace the Suzuki Splash (Maruti Ritz) when it goes on sale next year. However, we think it is more of an Estilo and A-Star successor packaged into one.

Next generation Maruti Suzuki A-Star
Based on available spy shots, our artist Shoeb, rendered the next gen A-Star.

Most importantly though, this YL7 is expected to premiere Maruti’s new two-cylinder 800cc diesel engine. Developed in-house, this engine is set to break fuel efficiency records with industry estimates pinning it at 30km/l.

We would certainly expect to see the YL7 at the 2014 Auto Expo in February given that Maruti Suzuki’s CEO, Kenichi Ayukawa, said recently that the company was developing a “series of products” and some of them would be shown at the Auto Expo. Indian sales should also commence next year.

[Images courtesy – Vipin from XBhp]

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8 thoughts on “Spied – Next gen Maruti A-Star (Suzuki Alto) starts testing in India!

  1. Thomas says:

    Maruti cannot put the 800 cc diesel (!) engine into the new YL7 which is replacing the estilo & Astar..it should be a 1 litre engine or 1.2 engine for the petrol version..

  2. Carlover says:

    Well, I wonder which car’s design had been copied by maruti this time. Sail?? Etios? Enjoy??

  3. vipin says:

    yeyyy,.,.,my pic finally got some credit

  4. Dr. Nayak says:

    Can these Japanese/Asian econo box manufacturers think of anything different in terms of design and style? It is just like a herd mentality! Think out of the box for a change!

    1. Amit says:

      @Dr. Nayak – well, the Japanese/ Asian econoboxes does rule the markets worldwide!

  5. Looks great…!!
    Will surely be the best seller if launched….if it looks similar to the rendering!!

  6. vijay says:

    why to replace a ritz?

  7. Anand says:

    No bad… But really surprised when I see message Maruti (!!) consolidating two cars into one car .. That’s good for Maruti’s future to focus on limited model and provide better service. This car looks good and I guess the front has been carried forward from new Sx4..


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