2012 Suzuki Alto/A-Star hatchback facelift spotted in China
The Suzuki Alto/A-Star that is an entry level world car sold in many countries could get a facelift very soon. This facelift is not a full model change and thereby could be country specific. The facelifted Suzuki Alto was spotted in China with a slew of upgrades on the cosmetics front. The front end of the car sees new headlamps and a redesigned bumper while the rear of the car sees new tail lamps and a new rear bumper. With these changes, the Suzuki Alto/A-Star looks a little grown up from the bug eyed looks of the current version and we’re hoping that these stylistic changes aren’t specific to the Chinese domestic market alone.
It remains unclear whether the A-Star would get refreshed interiors too considering that the car has gotten itself beige trimmings and a split seat just months ago, in what was a mild facelift of sorts. The Suzuki Alto is a big seller for the brand as it is an entry level product. The car is also called the Suzuki Celerio in particular markets and is also sold as the Nissan Pixo in the United Kingdom. While the A-Star sold in other countries has been quite successful, it hasn’t bee the case in the Indian car market, where the car struggles to sell well.
The car does have many positive attributes though, like a fun to drive nature, with eager handling, a peppy and fuel efficient 1 liter, three pot K-Series engine and a contemporary design. The A-Star badged as the Alto in the developed markets is actually the replacement model for the previous generation Alto, which incidentally continues to sell in India, positioned below the A-Star. Since the A-Star isn’t more spacious than the Maruti Alto, the car isn’t a big seller as entry level car buyers in India do not consider this car to be value-for-money, a very important trait for a small car to be successful in the Indian market.
Maruti Suzuki does offer discounts of about INR 30,000 on all variants of the A-Star and if you’re looking for an entry level fun to drive petrol car, this model would be well worth a look at. The A-Star also happens to be the least priced automatic small car in India, priced well below the likes of the Hyundai i10 Automatic, which is the next cheapest automatic car model. The A-Star scores over the i10 automatic in terms of fuel economy, peppier performance and better handling, while the i10 has the A-Star’s measure in terms of more spacious and better quality interiors.