On Tuesday, a Yoga instructor pulled a Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 while walking upside down. He did this for the campaign for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He said that he did this because he wanted to increase the awareness about yoga and its health benefits along with the election campaigning. According to him, he pulled the small hatchback for 800 metres while walking on his hands. The name of the Yoga instructor was Chatrapathy.
Chatrapathy said “The Yoga is lying dormant in Coimbatore as there is no fervour among people. I wanted to make them aware of the health benefits of Yoga. Children and aged people should start practising Yoga,”
Speaking of the car itself, it was the well known Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has been one of the best selling cars in the Indian market. The manufacturer has sold nearly 4 million units of the Alto 800. It is a small hatchback for families who are on a budget.
It comes with BS6 emission norms compliant 799 cc, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine. It produces 48 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 69 Nm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and there is no automatic transmission on offer. However, you can also get it with a factory-fitted CNG variant known as S-CNG. It is the same engine that runs on CNG. When running on CNG, the engine produces 41 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 60 Nm.
The kerb weight of the hatchback is just 730 kgs. So, these power outputs seem enough for the budget hatchback. One of the highlights of the hatchback is the fuel efficiency. The Alto 800 delivers ARAI mileage of 22.05 kmph on petrol and an impressive 31.59 km per kg for the CNG variants.
The Alto 800 is offered in four variants, namely, Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+. It starts from Rs. 2.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes upto Rs. 4.48 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes against the Datsun redi-Go and the Renault Kwid. Braking duties are done by disc brakes in the front and drums at the rear. The tyre size that the hatchback uses is a 145-section running on 12-inch rims.
The hatchback comes with dual-tone interiors and a three-spoke steering wheel. It gets fixed headrests for all the four seats. As standard, you get tubeless tyres, driver side airbag, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminders, speed alert system, Anti-lock braking system and Electronic Brake distribution. The base variant is pretty bare bone. It does not even come with power steering, air conditioning with heater, body coloured bumpers, front power windows, rear seat head rests and child locks. You would need to step up to atleast LXi variant to get these features and we think that they are important too.
Alto 800 comes with keyless entry, central door locking, front speakers, rear parcel tray and internally adjustable outside rearview mirrors. The lower variant’s infotainment system come with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth while the top-end variant offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.