Maruti Suzuki has just launched a fully-loaded version of one its best selling car – the Alto 800. The Alto 800, in the newly launched VXi trim, gets a touchscreen infotainment system, which Maruti calls SmartPlay. Apart from GPS navigation and music, this infotainment system also brings in smartphone connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps. The new variant is priced at Rs. 3.8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The car is mechanically unchanged. It continues to be powered by a 796 cc, triple cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine – a tried and tested unit – with 47 Bhp-69 Nm. This engine is also available with a CNG-Petrol dual fuel options on certain trims. A five speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels of the Alto 800, and there’s no automatic gearbox on offer, even as an option. The engine is BS6 (Bharat Stage 6) emission norms compliant.
If you do want an automatic option in the Alto range, you’ll have to pick the Alto K10, which uses a more powerful 1 liter petrol engine, and that gets a 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT) in certain variants. Coming back to the Alto 800 VXi, it now gets a driver and passenger airbag, along with ABS+EBD as key safety features. Reverse parking sensors, speed alert system and seat belt reminders for both the driver and co-passenger are other safety features on offer with this car.
The Alto 800 rivals the Renault Kwid and the Datsun RediGo in India’s entry-level hatchback market. It’s one of the first choices among first time car buyers, who opt for it thanks to its low asking price, high reliability and fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs. Resale value is high and Maruti’s after sales service is among the best in the business. The car has consistently topped sales charts for this very reason, and buyers from both urban and rural India opt for this car. It was recently facelifted.
Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
At Maruti Suzuki, We have always strived to delight the first time car buyers with aspirational and modern features. In fact, 38-lakh strong Alto customers are a testament to people appreciating the timely upgrades and newness in the brand. The new Alto VXI+ with the Smart play Studio is tailor-made to offer a unique technology-driven experience to our customers. Alto VXI+ also carries forward the legacy of the Alto which is India’s best-selling car for 15 consecutive years. We thank our customers for their continued faith and trust.