We would love to see MSIL bring down the Chinese A-Star facelift
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As well all know the A-Star, globally known as the Alto, is receiving a comprehensive facelift in China. Though the changes, revealed through spyshots, are mostly cosmetic, they are nevertheless very interesting.
Now, Autohome.com.cn brings us some exquisite images of the production version of the A-Star from China.
The new design is much sharper and takes away some of the feminine aspect of the design. It features new headlamps, new grill, new front bumper and new foglamps. At the rear, it features new tail lamps and a new bumper. It continues to be powered by the same 1L K-series engine mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
The vehicle looks showroom-ready and is likely to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show later in the year.
The A-Star is suffering heavily in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio. Even after its interior revamp earlier this year, it managed to sell only 583 units last month, which is a lot lesser than rivals like the Hyundai i10 and Maruti Wagon R.
While Maruti Suzuki has not confirmed whether this facelift will hit Indian streets, we think the A-Star badly needs a fresh start. We understand that most of Maruti Suzuki’s resources will be dedicated towards the ‘Alto 800’ – a replacement to the legendary Maruti 800, this festive season, but the automaker needs to do something about the A-Star to help it survive until an all-new Alto/A-Star is ready internationally.
Could this Chinese facelift do the trick?
[Source – AutoHome.com.cn]