Maruti Suzuki has started working on a new generation of the Alto. The hatchback was spied in Noida and it has been codenamed Y0M internally. We are expecting that the 2022 Alto will be showcased at the Auto Expo next year. As of now, details of the 2022 Alto are not available.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Wanderlust Shashank. The video starts by showing the side profile of the hatchback. We can see that the design has been updated and it looks now more in line with the design philosophy that Maruti Suzuki is offering. It does resemble the 2021 Celerio that will be launching soon.
It is running on blacked-out steel wheels with skinny tyres. The turn indicators are mounted on the front fenders. The major change we can see in the video is the new front-end design. The front grille and the bumpers have been heavily updated. It now looks more aggressive because of the huge hexagonal grille and the headlamps also look larger.
We can also see the rear but not much is visible. The bumpers will be redesigned and the tail lamps will also be new. There is also a high mounted stop lamp. We cannot see the interior of the hatchback and the body lines are still hidden. So, not much is known about the vehicle. Alto will continue to compete against other small vehicles like Datsun redi-GO and Renault Kwid.
The current Alto comes with a 796 cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine. It is capable of producing 47 bhp of max power and 69 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It also comes with a factory-fitted CNG. While running on CNG, the power output is decreased to 41 Ps and 60 Nm of peak torque. As of now, it is not known which engine will come with the new-gen Alto. Maruti Suzuki might continue the existing engine or they can also give it the 1.0-litre engine from the Celerio.
The new generation is expected to grow in the dimensions. This would help in increasing the cabin space of the hatchback which means that the occupants would have more space and would be more comfortable on journeys. Alto will still remain a comfortable four-seater vehicle. It can now be based on Suzuki’s Heartect platform that is being used on other vehicles such as WagonR, Swift, Baleno, Dzire etc.
The feature list is not expected to grow substantially. The top-end variant of the current Alto comes with a 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with manual air conditioning with a heater, fabric+vinyl seats, two speakers, 12V accessory socket, rear parcel tray and much more.
For safety, you get dual airbags, a speed alert system, rear parking sensors, an Anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution and seatbelt reminders. Other equipment includes immobiliser, tubeless tyres, sun visors, SmartPlay Dock on lower variants and wheel covers.