The next-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto has been spied testing for the first time. At first glance, the new Alto seems much larger than before and it is also likely to switch to the Heartect platform. It will hit showrooms by mid-2021.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto is the car that has actually been moving Indians for the longest time now. Even after so many years and in the face of so much modern competition, the Alto still manages good sales numbers and continues to be the brand’s cash cow. Indians love it for its tried and tested formula. The Alto’s frugal petrol engine is second to none and with enough space for four, it has been the perfect runabout for Indian roads. Maruti Suzuki is now set to give the Alto a generation update and a test mule of the same has been spied for the first time.
There are no technical details of the new Alto as of now. However, based on the spy shot, we can surely tell that the upcoming model is larger than the model it will replace. The nose seems a little more upright and the silhouette, although similar, seems longer, perhaps due to a possible increase in length in between the wheels. The next-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto is also likely to switch to Maruti Suzuki’s latest Heartect platform that already underpins cars such as the WagonR and the Swift.
The entry-level hatchback will also come with redesigned headlamps and tail lamps at the front and rear. And there could be LED DRLs for the first time, in keeping up with modernity. There are however no images of the interiors of the next-gen Alto as of yet. We expect the design to continue to be more functional than flamboyant. Maruti Suzuki already offers features like a touchscreen infotainment system, front power windows, an air conditioner, central and remote locking, multi-info display for the instrument cluster and that is expected to continue with the next-gen model as well.
Safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors will also be offered as standard. The next-gen Alto will likely continue to be powered by the current models 800cc engine that produces 48PS of power and 69Nm of torque. The CNG variants produce 41PS and 60Nm of torque and we expect the CNG variant to be carried forward to the next-gen model as well. While the current Alto is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, an AMT gearbox option is likely to be offered with the next-gen model as well.
With the new Alto being larger than before, it will also be more spacious and that will be a huge welcome. The design also seems quite mature and with a few more modern amenities, Maruti Suzuki could continue to cash in on the popularity of the Alto nameplate in India. The next-gen Alto is expected to hit showrooms by mid-2021. Expect it to be priced similar or slightly more than the current-gen Alto, which starts from Rs 2.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The Maruti Suzuki Alto rivals the Datsun Redi-go and the Renault Kwid.