India’s largest passenger car-maker, Maruti Suzuki is all set to showcase the much awaited hatchback A-Wind concept at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo in February along with the next generation SX4, a new compact SUV and some new models. The A-Wind concept has been globally unveiled at the 2013 Thailand International Motor Show. The hatchback has already created a buzz in Indian automotive industry, which will replace its younger sibling - Maruti A-Star and the tallboy hatchback Estilo. The development and manufacturing process of the A-Wind hatchback begun in Thailand production unit of the company. The vehicle is under extensive testing session and has been spotted near Maruti’s factory in Gurgaon.
Wearing the new curves and dynamic dimensions, the A-Wind will be sportier, taller and more outgoing than its predecessor. The dual chrome bars with embossed Maruti’s trademark reflect the young spirit of the car, which are running across the front grille and extend towards the headlamps. The vehicle is still camouflaged, but headlights are expected to be projectors. But, Maruti Suzuki is likely to offer regular halogen standard lights for Indian buyers to price it competitively. The new A-Wind will measure around 3600mm (length) x 1600mm (width) x 1540mm (height). A prominent crease across the front fender to rear doors add more to its sporty personality. The hatchback will be assembled with 6-inches alloy wheels covered with the 185/55 R16 size of tyres. These large and robust tyres will help the car with its overall drivability. But, if rumours are to be believed Maruti Suzuki will bring the A-Wind with14-inches alloy wheels for Indian buyers.
The tail lamps look inspired by the existing A-Star. However, the contemporary V-shaped rear indicators look stylish. Some extra air vents are integrated below the rear bumper, but most likely to come with its diesel version only. With the wheelbase of 2425mm, the A-Wind hatchback will offer more spacious cabin than the existing A-Star. The A-Wind hatchback will be available in two new shades: Energy Yellow and Panoramic Blue. With a dual-tone interior (Black and Beige), the A-Wind feels very airy and bright from inside. Maruti Suzuki has kept the dashboard simple, but it looks more up-market with the CVT gear knobs and leather wrapped steering wheels. There is a centrally positioned touch-screen display with mounted AC controls. The top-variants are likely to get a touch-screen music system.
The plastic quality will be better than its younger sibling. The ingress and egress will be easy. The front and rear seats will be well-cushioned and offer good legroom. The wide door openings will add more to its comfort. This new hatchback will offer class-leading boot space. The hatchback will borrow various comfort and safety features from the existing A-star along with some new attributes. The new A-Wind will be powered with a 1.0-litre, 996cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine that will deliver a peak power and torque outputs of 67bhp and 90Nm respectively. Coupled with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission, the hatchback will offer impressive fuel efficiency. The all new Maruti Suzuki A-Wind hatchback will compete with the Nissan Micra Active, Hyundai i10, Tata Indica V2, Ford Figo and Chevrolet Beat. The hatchback is likely to be priced around Rs.3.85 lakh to Rs.4.94 lakh that will make it Rs.10, 000 to Rs.20, 000 more expensive than the existing A-Star.