Maruti Suzuki’s new hatchback

2014 will see India’s largest carmaker bring in a new hatchback. Will it be a game changer?

At the 30th Thailand Motor Expo in November last year, Suzuki unveiled a concept called A:Wind. The A:Wind, a concept hatch was in near production-ready form. It has now been announced that the company is coming up with a new global car for the A-segment. The Celerio, as it has been monikered, will replace the A-star in India and the global Alto.

Recently, Maruti Suzuki also showcased their newly-developed transmission Auto Gear Shift in India. It is basically an automated manual transmission (AMT) which equips an electro-hydraulic actuator that automatically operates clutch and gearshift, on the new five-speed manual transmission. This will debut in the new small car.

For starters, this is what the concept A:Wind looks like –










As is clear from the images, the concept has been designed keeping in mind a production form. The Celerio will take heavily from this concept and in all likelyhood will premier at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo.

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