Maruti Suzuki is working on a bunch of new vehicles that they will be launching in the next couple of years. One such that will go on sale next year is the new-gen Alto. According to Gaadiwaadi, the 2022 Alto will launch in November next year. Maruti Suzuki is already road-testing the new-gen Alto.
According to the rumours, the 2022 Alto could be based on the Maruti Suzuki’s Heartect platform. This platform could help in increasing the structural safety and decreasing weight. The manufacturer also used this platform on the recently launched Celerio. Moreover, it is already is being used on WagonR, Ignis, S-Presso, Baleno, Swift etc.
This new platform means that the dimensions of the new-gen Alto will increase. This is a good thing as it means there would be more cabin space for the occupants. We are expecting that there would be more legroom, shoulder room and headroom at the rear seat for the passengers. It is also possible that Maruti Suzuki might carry forward some of the components and parts from the S-Presso and Celerio. This would help in saving some development cost.
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Engine and gearbox
Maruti Suzuki will continue to offer the Alto 800 with the current 796 cc, three-cylinder engine but there might be some minor tweaks to it. Currently, the engine produces 47 bhp of max power and 69 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine also supports CNG configuration.
Moreover, Maruti might also offer the new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine that debuted on the Celerio. This engine is also offered with a 5-speed AMT. The Celerio is currently the most fuel-efficient car in the Indian market.
From the spy shots, we know that the front design will be a bit similar to the current Alto. The headlamps are expected to have the same design but they will be larger in size and will still be using a halogen setup. There will be a new grille that is expected to be similar to the one found on the new Celerio. There will be a new hexagonal shaped air dam that looks more aggressive than the current one.
On the sides, we can see skinny tyres with blacked-out steel rims. It is highly unlikely that Maruti Suzuki will offer alloy wheels for the Alto. The turn indicator is orange in colour and is placed on the fenders and not on the outside rearview mirrors. The higher variants are expected to get electric adjustment for the rearview mirrors. We still cannot see any body lines because the hatchback was camouflaged.
The rear tailgate has been updated and it is now more upright and squared-off. There are new tail lamps that are square in shape. They do resemble a bit to the tail lamps that were offered on the first gen Maruti 800. So, this might be a throwback of some kind. There would be a new high mounted stop lamp and a redesigned rear bumper too.
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