Maruti A-Star Diesel Review
Diesel Variant May Help in Boosting the SaleMonday, November 18, 2013
Maruti Suzuki is a trusted name in Indian automobile market and A-Star is one of their most slow-selling cars. Maruti A-Star, since its launch, has won a numerous awards on National and International stages and recognized as an eco-friendly car but the sales never took-off. It is sold in the international market under the name of Maruti Alto. It is basically the 7th generation Alto and has many other names for itself in different countries. Now, Maruti is thinking about launching A-Star Diesel soon in the market to boost the overall sales of this hatchback. The diesel variant is expected to hit the Indian market by mid-2014.
The exterior of Maruti A-Star gives an aerodynamic and European look with its stylish and charming design. It has stretched and frog-eye shaped headlights, wide open front radiator grille, leaf-shaped fog lamp slots, short bonnet with swept nose design, front windscreen with intermittent wiper and washer, 13-inch alloy wheels with wide arches, small turning lights, body colored door handles and manually adjustable ORVMs, vertically stacked tail-lamp cluster, body colored rear bumper, small rear windscreen, boot lid, high-mounted brake light and rear spoiler. It has a length of 3500mm, width of 1600mm and height of 1490mm as its dimension and has a good ground clearance of 170mm for a bump-free ride and it has fuel tank capacity of 35 litres. It also provides a minimum turning radius of 4.5m for easy cruising in city traffic and tight parking spots.
The interior of Maruti A-Star also gives a luxurious and comfortable look with some stylish features. It includes rich beige upholstery with dual-toned grey and beige interiors, new front headrests, 50:50 rear split seats for extra space, cubby holes and bottle holders, spacious and specially designed dashboard with crimson illuminated meter console, sporty pop-up tachometer, stylish AC vents at both ends and centrally placed twin-ducts, AC controls, parking light, cigarette lighter and many other, needle punch floor carpet, speed sensitive 3-spoke power steering wheel, 3 position cabin lights, sun visor with ticket holder, ashtray, assist grip for co-driver and rear passenger, door ajar warning light, accessory socket, vanity mirrors, key-off reminder, rear luggage shelf, seat belts for every passenger and height adjustable driver's seat, central door locking, remote controlled door locks, boot lid and fuel lid opener, all power windows, glove box, rear luggage shelf, a powerful AC with Automatic Climate Control System and an integrated audio system with four speakers.
The petrol version of Maruti A-Star has a 998cc, 1.0L, 3-cylinder, 12-valve, DOHC, BS-IV compliant, KB series petrol engine with a maximum power of 67 bhp at 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm and has a five speed manual and four speed automatic transmission. There is also a high speculation of introduction of a diesel engine soon by the mid of 2014. Maruti A-Star has ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The suspension system is a MacPherson Strut type with Coil Spring at front and Isolated Trailing Link with Coil Spring at rear. For the utmost safety of the passengers, it includes ABS with EBD, Dual SRS Airbags, engine immobilizer, rear window defogger, high mounted stop lamp, security system, child proof rear door locks, headlight levelling, front washer and wiper with intermittent function, front seat-belt pre-tensioners and force limiters and wide windshields.