The update will see the Maruti Alto 800 get a complete overhaul in terms of its exterior and interior design along with improved safety and equipment list.
With a top to bottom approach, Maruti Suzuki is currently working on updating its entire product portfolio in order to meet the approaching deadline for new crash test regulations which become applicable by the end of this year. The latest product to receive its complete generation update from the automaker’s portfolio was the WagonR hatchback. The next most important product after the same is quite obviously the two iterations of the Alto 800 i.e. the 800 and the K10.
The brand Alto has been India’s largest selling car since a very long time. Month after month, this entry-level hatchback has topped the charts with well over 20,000 units sold across the Indian heartland. Several other players have tried to dethrone the Alto from its position but in vain. With its humble looks and a decently spacious cabin along with a fuel-efficient and dependable engine, the Alto has rulled its segment since the very beginning.
However, with the needs and requirements of the buyers in the entry-level segment taking a turn, the sales for the Maruti Alto 800 has declined gradually. In fact, for the year 2018, it no longer remained at the top-spot as India’s largest selling car and was dethroned by its younger sibling, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire compact sedan.
With buyers now wanting something premium and different, it is high time that Maruti Suzuki goes back to the drawing board and whips out a new generation model for the Alto in order to continue Alto’s legacy in our country. And with the approaching crash and emission regulations, the same is the need of the hour too.
Maruti Suzuki has said that they are going to introduce two all-new products in the Indian market in the next financial year of 2019-20. One amongst these is confirmed to be the the Concept Future S based micro-SUV. The same is likely to make its debut sometime during the second half of this year. The second product in line, though not confirmed, is most-likely to be the next-generation Maruti Alto.
Details related to the new iteration of the Maruti Alto 800 are still under the wraps. However previous reports suggest that it is going to get a muscular design and a new 600cc petrol engine. Quite obviously the list of passive and active safety features will increase along with its equipment list. Prices will start from under INR 3 lakh and top-off at INR 5 lakh (ex-showroom).