The car you see above does not require any special introduction. The Alto has been the country’s favourite hatchback ever since its launch, and its sales numbers are a testament to that. While many had tried to dethrone the Alto over the course of time, Maruti Suzuki has made some worthy efforts over these years to ensure the Alto stays in the numero uno spot.
For 2019, the Alto loses out on the “800” suffix. Moreover, there are small tweaks to the exterior and interior that differentiate it from the earlier model. The most important, of course, is the transition to the stringent BS-VI emission standards. Speaking of compliance, the 2019 Alto also complies with the mandatory crash-test norms.
Aesthetically, the new front bumper – with the large air-dams, honeycomb grille, and horizontal inlets for the fog lamps – makes it look a bit beefier than before. The changes are subtle though, and easy to miss for those unaware. Recently, Maruti Suzuki updated the Alto with the company’s Smartplay Studio infotainment system, adding Apple Carplay/Android Auto to the mix. So, what are the few things to consider for the Alto? Here’s a lowdown.
With the new update, the new Alto is actually a tad bit longer than the model it replaces. But, staying true to is form, the Alto still remains to be a small hatchback. Nevertheless, the Alto is 3,445mm in length, 1,515mm in width, and 1,475mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,360mm. That said, the space inside is adequate for four passengers. The ground clearance is 160mm, and kerb weight is 730kg for the base-spec trim. The boot is tiny, with only 177-litre of storage space.
It still comes powered with the venerable 796cc three-cylinder engine good for 48bhp of power and 69Nm of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the on-paper figures remain the same as the BS-IV spec Alto. However, there is a difference in the way it drives. The throttle response isn’t as sharp, and the power delivery feels a bit lethargic as you climb up the revs.
For the petrol-manual variant, the Maruti Suzuki Alto BS-VI will deliver 22.05 km/l mileage (ARAI-certified). For the CNG-manual variant, the mileage is 22.05km/kg. The fuel tank capacity is a decent 35-litre.
In late-2019, Maruti Suzuki added a top-spec VXi+ variant to the Alto line-up. As said above, the update includes the company’s Smartplay Studio infotainment display with Apple Carplay/Android Auto. The lower variants get the Smartplay Dock 2-Din audio system. Other than that, keyless central locking, manual air-conditioning, manual headlamp adjust knob, and a 12V charging socket are part of the equipment list.
The Alto 800, with the new update, now comes in six shades, namely, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Mojito Green, Cerulean Blue, and Uptown Red. Of the lot, the Alto looks the best in the Uptown Red shade.
All the details regarding the Maruti Suzuki Alto, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the company’s brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Maruti Suzuki Alto is available in eight variants: Six for the Petrol-manual and two for the Petrol-CNG-manual. As for the former, the price for the base-spec STD variant is Rs. 2.99 lakh, the price for the STD (O) variant is Rs. 3.02 lakh, the price for the LXi variant is Rs. 3.55 lakh, the price for the LXi (O) variant is Rs. 3.6 lakh, the price for the VXi variant is Rs. 3.77 lakh, and the price for the top-spec VXi+ variant is Rs. 3.8 lakh. For the CNG counterpart, the price for the LXi CNG is Rs. 4.16 lakh, and the price for the LXi (O) CNG variant is Rs. 4.19 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX.
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