In recent times, the sales volume and market share of Maruti Suzuki Alto have dropped drastically in the wake of the shift of the public interest towards larger hatchbacks and SUVs. The Alto has always been an instrumental sales driver for Maruti Suzuki, and in an attempt to rejuvenate its appeal, the carmaker is coming up with an all-new generation model of the Alto. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Alto was recently spied during what seems to be a TVC shoot, which indicates that the launch of the hatchback is just around the corner.
In a spy picture by giri1.8 on T-BHP, we can see two cars – one in blue and the other in red – being driven side by side on a road. These two cars look in their fully-prepared production forms, with their size and dimensions looking very much similar to those of the current-generation Alto. However, the design looks refreshing and a departure from the current model. The spy picture shows these two cars from their rear three-quarter angles and showcases the slightly rounded and more mature-looking forms. The overall design, with slightly rounded tail lamps, and tapered edges for the rear windows and windscreen, make it look inspired by the second-generation Celerio.
Other details of the all-new Maruti Suzuki Alto revealed by the spy pictures include silver-coloured wheel caps for steel wheels, turn indicators mounted on the front fenders and body-coloured pillars, rearview mirrors and door handles. There are no details available of the interior of this car, however, given the current model and its price positioning, expect the new Alto to come with power windows, a manual air conditioner and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system complete with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity.
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Not much is available about the mechanicals under the hood, though the all-new Alto might get the same 796cc, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which produces 47 bhp of maximum power and 69 Nm of maximum torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is expected to be offered as the standard choice of transmission for the new Alto. We are expecting that the new Alto might be underpinned by a revised form of Suzuki’s Heartect platform.
Launched in 2012, the current-generation Alto has remained a strong seller for Maruti Suzuki, though the sales have declined massively in recent times. To counter this, the new-generation Alto is arriving and will continue to pose threat to its limited competition from the market, which includes Renault Kwid and Maruti Suzuki’s own S-Presso, both of which are priced slightly higher than it. Given that it looks production-ready, expect the new Alto to arrive before the upcoming festive season commences.
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