Next-Gen Maruti Alto Spied; Launch Expected In 2021
Maruti Suzuki is working on the next-gen Alto and reliable sources inform us that the carmaker will start its production soon at the Gurugram facility, where Jimny will also be produced for the Indian car market. Maruti is already manufacturing the Jimny in India for the global markets.
A spy shot of the new Alto suggests that it will be bigger than the current model. It is also expected to feature a new tall design. Maruti is expected to move the Alto to the new Heartect platform which underpins other new Maruti cars like the WagonR, Ignis and the Swift.
Under the hood, the new-gen Alto is likely to be powered by a newer version of the current 0.8L unit making 48PS and 69Nm mated to a 5-speed MT. Maruti might also introduce the 1.0-litre petrol engine on the new Alto since the Alto K10 was discontinued earlier this year. In WagonR, the 1.0-litre engine makes 68PS and 90Nm mated to either a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. We expect the AMT to be on offer on the next-gen Alto as well. The CNG variants are also likely to continue to be the part of the lineup with the new-gen model.
On the features, front things are expected to remain largely unchanged since the current-gen Alto is quite well equipped considering the price. It gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, power windows, power steering, manual AC and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With the generation update, Maruti might also do away with the Alto moniker. We say so the carmaker has registered three names: Espaco, Libertas and Solido, for its upcoming cars.
Maruti is expected to launch the new Alto by early 2021. Prices are expected to start at a premium over the current car, which retails from Rs 2.94 lakh to Rs 4.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to rival the likes of the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO.
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