Next-Gen Maruti Alto Spied Testing
Maruti launched the Alto 800 facelift in 2019. Now, it seems like the carmaker is planning to update its entry-level offering yet again but this time with a new generation model as it was spotted testing recently.
Although the test mule was heavily camouflaged, the proportions of the new Alto look quite similar to the current model. That said, the new Alto is expected to feature a new design and Maruti might also move it to the new Heartect platform which underpins other modern Maruti cars like the Ignis, WagonR and 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Under the hood, the new-gen Alto is likely to be powered by a newer version of the current 0.8L unit making 48PS and 69Nm mated to a 5-speed MT.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. Maruti might introduce the AMT 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.
Things are not expected to change drastically in the features department since the current Alto is quite well equipped considering the price. It gets features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed alert system, manual AC, power steering and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
With the update, Maruti might do away with the Alto moniker altogether. We say so since the carmaker has recently trademarked three new names: Espaco, Libertas and Solido, for its upcoming vehicles.
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If all goes well, Maruti is expected to launch the new-gen hatchback by 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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