Maruti Suzuki India is expected to soon introduce the next-gen, Alto. The hatchback has been spotted testing for the first time on the road which means that the model will soon get an update. The car can be officially released by October, this year. Many automotive manufacturers are currently busy to modify their popular models with high-level safety features in order to satisfy the latest safety and emission norms. Now, its time for the best-selling Alto which can replace the ongoing Alto 800.
The new model will be inspired by the Maruti Future S Concept which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. In the latest spy shot, we can see that the vehicle is all covered. Although, the spied images reveals only the rear section of the new-gen car. The car has got a high roofline along with a smoothed rear windshield, which suggests a compact-SUV design. It is outfitted with new tyres and new tail lights.
The new car looks larger and higher which will offer more legroom and headroom in the cabin. The interior is expected to be more superior to the ongoing variant. We cannot confirm the updated features until the company makes an official announcement, but we expect that it comes integrated with Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system.
As per the new safety norms, the car will be developed with high-level safety features such as dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD, speed warning system, and parking sensors as standard. According to the new report, the all-new Alto can hit the Indian automotive market after the impact of the new crash safety laws on October 1, 2019. The company will develop the car with the HEARTECT platform which will make it more well-built, safe and competent.
The new Alto is expected to be powered by BS-VI compliant 1.0-litre engine which could be combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company can also offer an AMT version of the car. The company is also assumed to make the new model with a company-fitted CNG package. The existing Alto is available in two versions known as Alto 800 and K10. Alto 800 runs on a three-cylinder 0.8-litre petrol motor whereas, K10 get power with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre K10B petrol unit.
The current-gen Alto 800 is available from a starting price of Rs 2.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the low-specs K10 comes at Rs 3.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). So, the new-gen variant will be priced somewhat higher than the existing variant. However, for now, we cannot confirm anything about the price and features. The Alto rival against the likes of the small car, Kwid and Datsun Redi GO.
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