– The new-generation Maruti Alto will be based on all-new lightweight platform.
– It will could use a new 660cc petrol engine.
The new generation Maruti Alto 800 will be based on an all-new lightweight platform
After the iconic 800, the Maruti Suzuki Alto was the second biggest success for the Indo-Japanese carmaker in India. With its unique feat of 35 lakh cumulative sales, the Alto breached the 25 lakh sales milestone of the M800. Ever since its launch in 2000, the hatchback has been favoured for its fuel efficiency, low cost maintenance and high resale value. Read – Maruti Suzuki To Launch Toyota Corolla Based Sedan In India
In its 18 years of existence in the Indian market, the Maruti Alto received its first major update, a new nomenclature – Alto K10 – in August 2010. The Alto K10 gets the brand’s 1.0L K-series petrol engine that currently also does duty in the Wagon R and Celerio. As per the company’s claim, the Alto K10 AMT variant has good demand, and contributes about 18% of the hatchback’s sales. In 2017-18, the Alto registered a growth rate of 6% and hold 33% market share of its segment.
With an aim to take Alto’s success to a new level, the Indo-Japanese carmaker is planning to give a generation to its top-selling mini hatchback. The petite model is being developed under the codename Y1K and will receive copious aesthetic changes for a crossover like look. Along with an all- new design, media reports indicate that Maruti might offer a 660cc petrol unit for the new Maruti Alto 2018. Furthermore, the new model will use an all-new lightweight platform that will make it more fuel efficient. If media reports are taken into consideration, the new generation Alto could be the most fuel-efficient car in India. Check Out – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars In India
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The new-generation Alto will be a more evolved product with new crossover-ish design, advanced features and a more frugal engine. These attributes will help it take on its new age rivals such as Renault Kwid and the new Hyundai Santro. Speculations are on rife that the 2018 Maruti Alto will see a minor price jump. That said, the new Maruti Alto 2018 could be priced around Rs 3 lakh for the entry-level variant and up to Rs 4 lakh for the top-end model. Read – New Maruti Ertiga Pictures & Details
As of now, there is no official word from the carmaker. Though, the media reports suggest that the Alto will enter in its new generation in 2018 or 2019. We will update the official launch date and details as the carmaker announces it. Read – Maruti Wagon R Is Set For A Generation Change
As for the JDM-spec Suzuki Alto sold in Japan, it already uses the frugal 660cc petrol unit. Packed with three-cylinders, the R06A, 658cc unit delivers a maximum power output of 51bhp and a peak torque of 63Nm. The small engine is claimed to return an impressive mileage of 37km/l (JC08 test cycle).
As for the India-spec model, Maruti is said to use the ultra-refined 660cc unit that will reportedly be more powerful than the current 800cc unit. Reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki could ditch the CVT for an AMT unit to keep pricing in check. The current generation Alto is available in two engine options including an 800cc petrol and a 1.0-litre unit with a standard 5-speed manual unit. Read – Maruti Ertiga Based Crossover ‘YHB’ Under Development
Credited with a high fuel economy, the low displacing 658cc engine makes sense for the Indian market. Although, there is yet no clarity if Maruti Suzuki will use the same unit used in the JDM-spec model. The low displacing 660cc engine tuned to offer an impressive fuel economy over 30kmpl. With this, the petite hatchback is likely to become the most fuel-efficient car in India, toppling its larger sibling the all-new Dzire.
To keep it abreast rivals, Maruti Suzuki India will bestow copious changes to the exterior. The company could add new design elements and styling bits to give it a crossover-like look unlike the current model that sports a mundane design. With these changes, the new Maruti Alto is expected to be more appealing in aesthetic terms. The sporty and crossover-like styling will bring it on par with arch rival Renault Kwid. Check Out – Maruti Future S Concept Pictures & Details
Changes will also be made to the interior and it could also get additional kit. Maruti could pack in new comfort and safety bits to the model, however there is yet no information as to what all features will be added.
In the budget segment, the all-new Alto 2018 will compete primarily with Renault Kwid. Other models such as Datsun redi-Go, Hyundai Eon and Datsun Go will also pit against Maruti’s best-selling model. Read: Maruti e-Survivor Mini SUV Concept Revealed
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