Maruti Suzuki has started construction of a brand-new Alto hatchback, the third generation of the company’s best-selling vehicle, which might debut late next year. The new Alto will be Maruti’s third new model to receive a big upgrade in the near future, following the next-generation Celerio (which will go on sale on November 10) and the heavily revised Baleno (expected by February 2022).
The Heartect modular platform is likely to be used for the third-generation Alto. Its 796cc engine might be updated. Its façade and interior will be completely redone.
What do the initial spy images indicate about the next-generation Maruti Suzuki Alto?
The current-generation Alto has been on sale in India since 2012 when it was announced as the Alto 800. The entry-level hatchback is marketed in both right and left-hand drive layouts in many foreign countries, making it a significant product for both Maruti and Suzuki.
In terms of fundamental appearance, the new Alto, as shown in these spy pictures, seems pretty familiar, implying that the vehicle will be more of an evolution of the previous-gen model and will keep to its hatchback nature rather than attempting to look like an SUV. The tightly camouflaged test mule does not disclose the final design, but it does reveal a few aesthetic aspects that will be seen on the new Alto. A clamshell bonnet with bigger, upward-swooping headlights, a front bumper with an enlarged mesh grille, and specialized fog lamp enclosures on each corner are among them. The car seems to have a similar glasshouse and door design to the previous model, as well as pull-type door handles (which will also be seen on the new Celerio), a front fender-mounted turn signal, and 13-inch steel wheels on the sides. The new Alto’s taillights might be bigger and more squarish, while the tailgate design could be somewhat flatter.
Along with a new external design, we anticipate the 2018 Alto will have a new interior design as well. Expect amenities like manual air conditioning, single-piece front seats, power steering, and twin airbags, to mention a few, as well as touchscreen systems in higher trim levels.
The Alto might keep the tried-and-true 796cc petrol engine under the hood, which was modified last year for BS6 pollution compliance. The K10C naturally aspirated engine with DualJet technology will power the new Celerio. It’ll be interesting to see whether Maruti replaces Alto’s 796cc engine with anything comparable.
The redesigned Alto isn’t expected to hit the market until the second part of next year. Maruti is likely to launch a series of new and upgraded models before the Alto, including the Baleno, Celerio, and CNG versions of certain older models.
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