Maruti Suzuki has been testing the facelifted Alto 800 over the past couple of months. Now, un-camouflaged images of the Alto 800 have surfaced online, indicating that a launch might be close. The entry-level hatchback’s facelift comes in just two years of its launch in India.
An increase in competition in the entry level hatchback space is said to be the reason why Maruti Suzuki has gone in for the facelift in the relatively short time that the Alto 800 has been in production. The 796 F8D-3 cylinder petrol engine, good for 47 Bhp and 69 Nm, will be carried over in the facelifted model and so will the 5 speed manual gearbox.
This engine is available with petrol and petrol-CNG fuel options. Coming to the facelift, the car gets tweaked front and rear ends, making for a fresher design. A smattering of chrome up front will be a big draw among Indian car buyers, who favour heavily chromes cars. Apart from these visible changes, nothing much can be said about the other aspects of the car.
As the facelift has come in just 2 years of the car’s original launch, the makeover is expected to be mild at best. The Alto 800 is India’s best selling hatchback and the latest makeover is likely to be a shot in the arm for this perennial best seller. Expect the Alto 800 Facelift to make its debut soon, at a price tag similar to that of the outgoing model.
Maruti Suzuki also sells a 1 liter petrol engined Alto, dubbed the K10. It remains to be seen whether the changes effected to the Alto 800’s design make it to the K10 as well. The Alto K10 will get an automated manual transmission (AMT) early next year, making it a more effective city car than ever before.
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