The new-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto is likely to be based on the lightweight & stronger HEARTECT platform.
Japanese automaker, Suzuki will officially unveil the new-generation Alto mini hatchback in October 2019. Just to inform you, the India-spec Alto is completely different from the international model. However, Maruti Suzuki is also planning to give a major makeover to its smallest hatchback in India. Media reports claim that the new Alto will arrive in India in the end of 2019 or early 2020. Here we bring you a list of 5 possible changes in the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto –
New Heartect platform
The next-gen Suzuki Alto is expected to be based on the new HEARTECT platform that underpins some of the Suzuki’s global cars including Baleno, Swift and Ignis. Interestingly, the new-gen India-spec Maruti Alto could also use this lighter and stiffer platform. The recently launched new-gen WagonR tall-boy hatchback is also based on this platform. Maruti Suzuki has already achieved maximum localisation for this platform, so high cost won’t be a factor anymore.
Keeping buyers taste in mind, Maruti Suzuki is aiming to give the new Alto more crossover-ish profile. If rumours are to be believed, the new Alto’s design will be inspired with the Concept Future S that debuted at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The mini hatch will have more upright stance and bolder front design.
New 660cc engine
Maruti Suzuki could also opt for a new 660cc petrol engine to power the new-gen Alto. This engine currently powers the international-spec Alto, and is more powerful than the current 800cc engine. Moreover, Maruti is aiming to achieve a mileage number of about 30kmpl. Also See – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars In India
The next Alto will be equipped with all the comfort and convenience features that are available in the competition. The hatchback will get a touchscreen infotainment system with modern smartphone connectivity features.
Thanks to the new Hearctect platform, the next Alto will have better structural integrity and will be compliant with the upcoming crash test norms. The hatchback will also receive dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminder, speed alert and rear parking sensors as standard safety features.