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These 11 popular small cars just got better

Last updated on: January 11, 2013 14:48 IST

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To keep pace with the changing preferences of buyers, automakers have started giving face-lifts to their popular models. In the past one year, there have been many upgrades across segments from small cars to SUVs.

Here is an extensive list of enhanced hatchbacks that are impressive from buyers' viewpoint.

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Fiat Grande Punto

Launch: January 3, 2012

The first to greet 'Happy New Year' was Fiat Grande Punto hatch, which was launched couple of days prior to Delhi Auto Expo. The changes that 2012 Fiat Grande Punto boasts include raised ground clearance and new metallic shade in the form of 'Oceanic Blue'.

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The light beige interior now has better air-conditioner, seat covers with fresh styling, integrated music system, and reworked central locking mechanism etc.

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Maruti A-Star

Launch: January 25, 2012

By the end of January, Maruti's blue-blooded youthful car, Maruti A-Star got classy and unique amendments. There were two scintillating shades of Pearl Caffeine Brown and Glistening Grey were added to captivate the onlookers.

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To put in sporty element there is a rear spoiler. Cabin upholstery comes in twin tone grey and beige colour. The compartment was now more spacious and safer with 50:50 rear-split seats and optional airbag and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

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Volkswagen Polo

Launch: February 27, 2012

Sighting the buyers' profoundness for diesel cars, Volkswagen decided to launch an upgraded version of Volkswagen Polo diesel with out-of-the-box features.

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The advance features included modern RCD310 audio player, USB and AUX interface, multi-functioning steering, and fashionable leather covered steering wheel with chrome inserts and reverse parking guide for safety.

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Hyundai i20

Launch: March 28, 2012

Hyundai fans expected i20 face-lift to have fluidic design but what came out was a better-than-expected package. The new Hyundai i-Gen i20 carried some discipline of fluidic nature on the exteriors alongside heavily loaded hi-tech and innovative gadgetry inside the cabin making it a tempting proposition.

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As always, it went on to set an inspiring benchmark with first in segment features like rear park-assist camera with display in Electro Chromic Mirror (ECM), clean air-cluster, automatic headlamps, supervision cluster, and rain sensing wipers. Moreover, other very exciting characteristics continue to fascinate Hyundai i20.

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Skoda Fabia Scout

Launch: April 24, 2012

Fabia did grab the attention when Scout was launched. The car has a 'pure' sporty and graceful stance.

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It features new projector headlamps, front bumper with spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, front-rear door sills, protective SUV-like cladding around, athletic roof rails, stainless steel pedal set alongside remote locking and tinted glass.

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Maruti Ritz Diesel/Petrol

Launch:  September 3, 2012/October 23, 2012

Just before the festival season, that is, September-October, Maruti Suzuki launched the anticipated 2012 Maruti Ritz. Considering the diesel craze of the nation, first to come was improved diesel version with more mileage, followed by petrol facelift in the subsequent month.

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There were three new colours added to the line-up - Mystique Red, Granite Grey and Breeze Blue. The other elements that sparkled the facelift were steering mounted audio control, stylish new alloys, new spoiler at rear, and although fascia did have modifications, they were not visible.

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Tata Indica eV2

Launch: October 2, 2012

To cash upon the festive times, new Tata Indica eV2 was launched with fresh headlamps, chrome incorporated grille, reworked bumper and solid-looking alloys at the exteriors.

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Interiors were revamped with shadow beige upholstery, wood-finish console, keyless entry along with USB/bluetooth enabled music player. The petrol and diesel variants now have auto-drive assist, improved gear ratios and clutch to start feature. With diesel in the fuel tank, it continues to return a fuel efficiency of 25 kmpl.

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Ford Figo

Launch: October 15, 2012

The reasonably priced hatch had some very sophisticated changes that include new grille, fresh-looking clear headlamps, re-styled tail lamp cluster and some more cues that were exclusively done.

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The company also added cool looking colours - Bright Yellow and Kinetic Blue. Available in conventional petrol and diesel variants, Figo offers true value for money with its huge interior space and enthralling performance.

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Maruti Alto 800

Launch: October 16, 2012

The new generation of decade-old Alto finally took a new form with Maruti Alto 800. The newness was found in every facet of the car, be it exteriors, interiors or safety.

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The impressive new fascia had new headlamps and bumper line alongside obvious designing cues all over the body. The interiors had increased space and there were additional safety features (optional) such as driver-side airbags. The best part of the new car was improved mileage and CNG variants.

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Honda Brio

Launch: October 18, 2012

The trendy and cute hatch Honda Brio now got more inclined towards effortlessness with the inclusion of automatic mechanism.

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The refined hatch, already a gorgeous machine, went on to make the segment even more competitive with this hassle-free feature. The two variants Honda Brio S (O) and Honda Brio V now swank the services of AT for its consumers.

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Chevrolet Spark

Launch: October 25, 2012

The new Spark got some remarkable cosmetic changes with new signature Chevy grille and wide air-dam in the front that made it boldest looking car in the segment.

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It also has sporty roof rails, new fog lamp housing, and many more changes on the exterior.

The interior sport dual tone and new instrument cluster design. The zippiness of 1.0L petrol engine and convenience of LPG alternative remained intact.

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