Maruti Suzuki’s mass market cars occupy the Indian roads with pride today and the company may get another Alto to India in future to further bring in a lot more people to the brand.
The new Maruti Alto (the Japanese moniker) will be based on a new platform which will be the basis for many other cars in the company’s portfolio. Suzuki Alto, which is sold in Japan as the Alto Kei and is much lighter than the current Alto model sold in India. Indeed, Maruti is known for its fuel-sipping vehicles and the weight going southwards on account of the new platform will surely help in enhancing fuel effectiveness figures for the upcoming car.
The car seen in the photos is the Alto Kei which was launched towards the end of last year in Japan and it seems to have come to India for testing. The styling of the car is un-inspirational to say the least and the box type car is meant to fill in the boots of the legendary Maruti 800 in India. The styling will be tweaked a bit to suit the needs of the Indian customers but don’t expect anything ground breaking.
There is another catch to it, the following Alto might just be fueled by a 658cc motor when contrasted with the current 800cc powertrian. This cut back motor could be offered in two conditions of tune, a non-VVT variant for the entry level model and a high-yield turbocharged adaptation for the top model.
The AMT unit will probably make way or another into this car also, considering the organization will fit the majority of its autos with an AMT alternative later on. The 658cc motor creates 48 BHP in the non-VVT configuration and 51 BHP with VVT configuration. Incredibly, the Alto Kei can give back a mileage of 38 kmpl in the Japanese market and the same, if not enhanced fuel proficiency figures will likewise be found in the Indian form too.
The new Alto Kei will contend with the forthcoming Tata Nano Twist Active, Datsun’s upcoming small car and Renault’s low-cost car too.
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Also see: 2015 Suzuki Alto launched in Japan
GALLERY: 2015 Suzuki Alto (JDM-spec)