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Maruti Suzuki A-Star to be phased out soon, replacement on the way

Snapshot: In an earlier story, we talked about Maruti Suzuki India's upcoming cars to debut at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Among several products to be unveiled at the event, Maruti Suzuki A-Star's replacement is the one everybody is eyeing at, since it will be a yet another affordable hatchback from the giant. Other products to be unveiled at the expo are a mid-size sedan and the compact SUV XA Alpha's production ready version.

In an earlier story, we talked about Maruti Suzuki India's upcoming cars to debut at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Among several products to be unveiled at the event, Maruti Suzuki A-Star's replacement is the one everybody is eyeing at, since it will be a yet another affordable hatchback from the giant. Other products to be unveiled at the expo are a mid-size sedan and the compact SUV XA Alpha's production ready version.

Maruti Suzuki A Star which is there in the market for quite a long time now could not meet the company's expectations in terms of sales number. So, the company has been right now testing a A-Star replacement, which might also be offered with a diesel engine option.

According to a report published in Economic Times, MSI is gradually phasing out the A-Star to leave space for a new range of cars. The company has already discontinued its yet another low selling car Zen Estilo for the same reason. The A-Star failed to even bring the number equal to Maruti's oldest car M800 this year.

Since the A-Star replacement has already been caught testing several times, what we could perceive of those is a more spacious, taller and better looking vehicle. So being a better looker and dimensionally bigger than the existing A-Star, this new vehicle might give Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Micra Active and others a run for their money.

There are no exact details on the engine specifications of the car, but we expect it to retain the 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine, powering the existing A-Star. While the vehicle could also be introduced with a new diesel engine, on which Maruti Suzuki India is currently working.

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