Rendered: Maruti Suzuki A-Star Compact Sedan
There has been some talk in the past few months about Maruti Suzuki planning to do a sub-Dzire sedan. Word of a sedan based on the A-Star hatchback has been amidst the speculations. We got out roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, to come up with a render on how an A-Star sedan could look like just in case Maruti Suzuki does go ahead and builds such a model. Needless to say, the A-Star sedan would be a compact sedan, similar to the all new Dzire. The length of the car could measure well under 4 meters to give it attractive excise duty benefits.
The A-Star hatchback, also known as the Alto/Pixo/Celerio in markets across the world has been spotted with a facelift. So, EarthFusion has rendered both the current version as well as the facelifted version of the A-Star sedan. However, if Maruti does go ahead and build the A-Star sedan, expect it to be on the lines of the facelifted model of the hatchback. Considering that Maruti does not have any diesel engine under the 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet turbodiesel unit, petrol power could be the major engine option for the A-Star sedan. However, there has been talk of Maruti developing a small capacity diesel engine measuring under 1 Liter.
Such an engine could find its way onto the A-Star sedan. The A-Star, in hatchback guise has a few weaknesses, which has resulted in the car being a slow seller in the Indian market. One major weakness has been the limited amount of space that the car offers to its ear seat occupants. Therefore, the compact sedan version should come with a longer wheelbase to liberate more space at the rear. If put into production, the A-Star compact sedan could be the shortest sedan in the world as the A-Star hatchback itself is an entry level car.
So, the sedan version of the A-Star could be the least priced sedan in the world. If put into production, such a car could be aimed mainly at emerging markets, with India being a prime target as compact sedans don’t really have many takers in international markets. In India though, sedans still have an aspirational value, and are considered to have a better image than hatchbacks. This is one big reason why compact sedans like the Tata Indigo eCS and the all new Maruti Suzuki Dzire have found many takers in the Indian market.