New Maruti Alto Spotted Testing In Delhi NCR

  • Mar 15, 2019

Maruti Alto, due for an upgrade, has now been spotted testing on the streets of Delhi NCR. It looks like it has gained SUV traits just like the Renault Kwid. However, it was known that the automaker will bless it with SUV-like looks after the reveal of the Future-S concept at the last year’s Auto Expo. The spotted test mule seems to be inspired by the concept and hints that it is the next-gen Alto.

The test mule has a raised front profile and a taller stance, similar to that of an SUV. Unlike the rival Kwid, the next-gen Alto doesn’t get all-around plastic cladding. The rear section, on the other hand, gets a decent windscreen and a bigger boot lid and bumper design. From the sides, the new Alto appears to get 14-inch steel wheels, large windows, raised suspension, and a rather upright A-pillar design. The new Alto is expected to underpin the Heartect-A platform that can also be found in the Ignis and the recently launched WagonR.

There are no specific details about the interiors of the next-gen Alto but the hatchback’s top-spec variants are likely to feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Additionally, a circular centrally-mounted instrument cluster with digital readouts might be present with orange lighting. The HVAC vents will be positioned high up on the dash, which is something Maruti hasn’t done in the past.

Currently, the Alto is offered with two engine options, 0.8-litre petrol and 1.0-litre petrol. While the former produces a max power of 48PS and a peak torque of 69Nm, the latter churns out 68PS and 90Nm of power and torque respectively. It is yet to come to light if the automaker will offer the new-gen Alto with both engine options or axes the smaller one. On the transmission front, we expect two options, a 5-speed manual, and AMT.

The price of the new-gen Alto is likely to see an upsurge due to its restructured and SUV-like design. We expect it to start from around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, the Alto 800 retails in the price range of Rs 2.62 lakh and Rs 3.93 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), while the Alto K10 can be bought at a starting price of Rs 3.38 lakh which goes up to Rs 4.27 lakh for the range-topping variant (both prices ex-showroom Delhi). In India, the next-gen Alto rivals the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO.


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