Suzuki has planned to unveil the all new Alto in October this year. Why the company has chosen this month has something to do with the history of the car itself. The first Alto was showcased in the month of October, 1979 and therefore the same month in 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of the car.
However, the Alto that will be shown in October is not the Indian bound version but rather the JDM spec variant of the car. Also, the company is expected to showcase the ‘Works’ edition Alto, which will be a sportier take on popular family hatchback. The car pictured below is a render which illustrates how the new Alto Works edition would look like when launched.
Without a doubt, the rendered Alto above looks spectacular. As it is based on the international version of the Alto, don’t expect it to land here in India. If you look more closely, a lot of the design elements and body panels seem to be lifted off directly from the Suzuki Ignis. However, as this is just a render, the production spec Works edition of the new Alto may be quite different from this. Talking of the design, the car above gets sporty bumpers along with Ignis inspired headlamps and grille. The alloys too are sporty ones shod on with low profile rubber. The exciting looking blue and green paint job further gives it a sporty look.
The all-new Alto will be built on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform that underpins almost all the Maruti Suzuki hatchbacks in India now. The HEARTECT platform is lighter and more stiffer than the one used on the current generation Alto. This translates into the car being lighter in weight and much safer too. The international version of the Alto is quite different from the Indian model visually too and is a lot more aggressive looking. It has a sportier stance and has various design elements that make it look very young and fresh.
The India bound Maruti Suzuki Alto will also be built upon the same platform. Also, since the upcoming safety norms (BNSVAP) require a car to be stronger and more safe, the Alto will meet the crash test norms and will be equipped with the basic safety features like airbags, ABS+EBD, rear parking sensors, driver seat-belt reminder and speed warning system. The main design theme of the Indian spec car may not be as loud as the JDM version, but it will be better than the previous model for sure.
Also, as the car will be lighter, both performance and fuel efficiency figures are likely to get boosted. As for the launch date, nothing is confirmed as of now but expect Maruti Suzuki to launch it by the third quarter of this year. The new Alto will also come with a host of new features that would hopefully include a touch infotainment system in the top variant.