The production of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has been stopped completely. The next-generation iteration is expected to launch in India soon.
With new safety regulations coming in effect soon, several carmakers have halted production of their select models which are not going to meet the said regulations. Maruti Suzuki, country’s largest carmaker has already discontinued the production of the Gypsy.
According to a report published in Gaadiwaadi.com, the Indo-Japanese automaker has now also stopped the production of the Alto 800 hatchback. The entry-level offering, in its current spec, is not going to meet the upcoming safety regulations. The sales will resume until the stocks last.
The company is going to introduce an all-new generation of this entry-level hatchback in India soon. It will be based on the Concept Future S. The same was showcased at last year’s Delhi Auto Expo. In fact, the vehicle is in its final stages of development as the sightings of its test mule have been reported several times.
Since the new version of the Alto is going to be based on the Concept Future S, it will have a completely different exterior design. In comparison to the current version, the new Alto will get an SUV-ish design. It will get higher ground clearance and an upright stance.
The interiors are going to be a lot more modern than before. It will even score high when it comes to features and creature comforts onboard. Steering mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment system, power windows are some of the features that you can expect.
In terms of safety, in addition to a new platform, this updated version of this hatchback is going to get dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, driver and passenger seat belt warning will come as standard across the range.
Maruti is going to ditch the current 800cc engine. It will be replaced with the new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder K10B petrol engine. This unit is the same engine which does its duty in the Maruti Wagon R and the Maruti Celerio. This engine is good for 67 BHP of power along with 99 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox. There will be a 5-speed AMT on offer as well.